Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman

Tony Hillerman was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, USA on May 27th, 1925 and passed away at the age of 83 on October 26th, 2008.

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Tony Hillerman Stats: The highest rated book by Tony Hillerman on Book Notification is The Fallen Man, the 12th novel in the Leaphorn & Chee series. The second-highest rated book is The Ghostway (Leaphorn & Chee #6).

The most read book by Tony Hillerman on Book Notification is The Blessing Way, the first novel in the Leaphorn & Chee series. The second most read book is Dance Hall of the Dead (Leaphorn & Chee #2).

Below is a complete list of Tony Hillerman books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by Tony Hillerman is the Leaphorn & Chee Series.

List of Leaphorn & Chee Books in Publication Order (with Anne Hillerman)

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.61970
2
7.61973
3
8.61978
4
7.71980
5
8.11982
6
8.81984
7
81986
8
8.51988
9
7.41989
10
8.21990
11
7.81992
12
8.81996
13
8.31998
14
8.31999
15
82002
16
6.52003
17
8.12004
18
7.52006
19
82013
20
7.72015
21
8.42017
22
8.32018
23
8.42019
24
8.12021
25
8.42022
26
82023
27
7.32024
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List of Children's Books in Publication Order

List of Non-Fiction Books in Publication Order

List of Tony Hillerman Anthologies in Publication Order

Tony Hillerman: Biography

Tony Hillerman was born on May 27th, 1925. Tony passed away October 26th, 2008 at 83 years old. Tony Hillerman was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, USA.

Tony Hillerman was the author of the Leaphorn & Chee series which consists of 27 novels. The Leaphorn & Chee series started in 1970 with the novel The Blessing Way. The most recently released novel in the Leaphorn & Chee series was Lost Birds which was released in 2024. There are no upcoming novels for the Leaphorn & Chee series.

Tony Hillerman also wrote the Non-Fiction Books series which has 9 books including The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other Indian Country Affairs and New Mexico, Rio Grande, and Other Essays.

Tony Hillerman was the original winner of the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award in 2005 although he became ill and was unable to accept his award therefore it was awarded to John Grisham.

Tony Hillerman: Awards & Accolades

Tony Hillerman has won multiple awards including: The Helmerich Award, Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, in 2005 and the Owen Wister Award, Saddleman Award, in 2008. Tony Hillerman was also nominated for the Edgar Award, Best Critical/Biographical Work, in 1992.

Hillerman's books have also won multiple awards, Dance Hall of the Dead won the Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1974. Skinwalkers won the Spur Awards, Western Novel, in 1987 as well as the Anthony Award - Best Mystery Novel in 1988. Coyote Waits won the Nero Award, Best Mystery Novel, in 1991. The Shape Shifter won the Spur Awards, Best Western Short Novel, in 2007.

The following novels by Tony Hillerman were also nominated for these awards:

  • The Blessing Way: Edgar Award, Best First Novel (1971).
  • The Fly on the Wall: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (1972).
  • Listening Woman: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (1979). National Book Awards, Best Mystery - Paperback (1980).
  • Skinwalkers: Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (1987).
  • A Thief of Time: Edgar Award, Best Mystery Novel (1989). Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (1989). Macavity Award, Best Mystery Novel (1989).
  • Talking Mysteries: A Conversation With Tony Hillerman: Edgar Award, Best Critical/Biographical Work (1992).
  • Sacred Clowns: Anthony Award, Best Mystery Novel (1994).

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Tony Hillerman: F.A.Q

When was Tony Hillerman Born?

Tony Hillerman was born on May 27th, 1925.

When did Tony Hillerman die?

Tony Hillerman died on October 26th, 2008 at 83 years old.

Where was Tony Hillerman Born?

Tony Hillerman was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, USA.

What awards has Tony Hillerman won?

Tony Hillerman has won the following awards: Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award at the Helmerich Award (2005) and the Saddleman Award at the Owen Wister Award (2008).

What book awards has Tony Hillerman won?

Dance Hall of the Dead: Edgar Award Best Mystery Novel (1974).
Skinwalkers: Spur Awards Western Novel (1987), Anthony Award Best Mystery Novel (1988).
Coyote Waits: Nero Award Best Mystery Novel (1991).
The Shape Shifter: Spur Awards Best Western Short Novel (2007).

What was the first book Tony Hillerman wrote?

The first book written by Tony Hillerman was The Blessing Way, published in 1970.

What was the most recent book Tony Hillerman wrote?

His most recently released work was The Great Taos Bank Robbery: And Other True Stories on August 15th, 2023.

How many books has Tony Hillerman written?

Tony Hillerman has written 34 books excluding contributions to anthologies. 18 books in the Leaphorn & Chee Series, 2 Standalone Novels, 3 books in the Short Story Collections, 2 books in the Children's Books, 9 books in the Non-Fiction Books.

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    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    In Tony’s Navajo Mysteries, which star Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, it’s fun reading about the four corners area and learning more about the Navajos, both their culture and their history. It also features an intriguing mystery, some compelling characters, and there is plenty of good reading material.

    A Thief of Time is a gem in the series, with descriptions of the thousand foot cliffs along the San Juan River during the nighttime and a starry sky, with a Navajo mystery create an unforgettable portrait of America’s Southwest.

    Another novel, Listening Woman is a captivating read that many fans of the series believe to be one of the very best.

    Tobily McSmith
    Tobily McSmith
    Admin
    2 years ago

    The world of fiction lost a good one when Tony Hillerman passed away in 2008. He was a combat veteran of World War II that always added a bit of real grit to his novels. It’s hard to pick a favorite from this book list because Tony was very consistent throughout his career.

    He must’ve had good genes because his daughter Anne has continued the Leaphorn & Chee series, and they continue to be awesome.

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    This list saddens me. I have enjoyed the years it has taken me to acquaint myself with Tony Hillerman. From what I saw in his bibliography, the man was clearly a fascinating character, which isn’t surprising when you consider all the things he saw and did.

    The mere fact that he was married to his wife for six decades blows my mind. Hillerman and his wife were together for longer than some people were alive. And now, I keep browsing this list in search of some new book that escaped me.

    But alas, I’ve read them all, and unfortunately, Hillerman is dead. We can’t expect any new books from him. Fortunately, I have a shelf of Leaphorn and Chee books in my home library. I might as well re-read the series from the beginning.

    PeachTree
    PeachTree
    19 days ago

    I just started reading The Blessing way on a whim by Tony Hillerman, and I thought it was interesting! You can definitely tell that this book came out in 1970, but that isn’t a bad thing. This is the first in the Leaphorn and Chee series of novels.

    In this story, Joe Leaphorn is a Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant who discovers a dead body with their mouth full of sand. Joe Leaphorn thinks that it could be an otherworldly killer, something of the supernatural that is not quite human. He thinks that he is after a Wolf-Witch, but is he right? A unique thriller full of twists, turns, and chills!

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