Literary Studies •  Biography •  Southwest and Mystery

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Talking Mysteries


Tony Hillerman
Ernie Bulow
Illustrated by Ernest Franklin

In Talking Mysteries, Tony Hillerman discusses his craft, including his approach to plot, characterization, and setting, and the wrinkles and twists that make his brand of fiction unique. These and other insights into how he writes emerge in an extended interview with his long-time friend and fellow author Ernie Bulow. An autobiographical piece by Hillerman details his early years in Oklahoma, first encounters with Navajo culture, and his eventual life as journalist and author.

Navajo artist Ernest Franklin created twelve sketches of Hillerman characters for this book. Hillerman credits Franklin with "showing me what Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn look like." As an additional treat, a Jim Chee mini-mystery, "The Witch, Yazzie, and the Nine of Clubs," originally published in 1981 and long unavailable, is included.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Ernie Bulow, author of Navajo Taboos, lives in Gallup, New Mexico.

Tony Hillerman (1925–2008) was an award-winning author and newspaperman, best known for his mystery novels set on the Navajo Nation.

Tony Hillerman (1925–2008) was an award-winning author and newspaperman, best known for his mystery novels set on the Navajo Nation.

ACCLAIM

"Hillerman's approach to plot, characterization, and setting among other insights emerge in these convesations with his friend and fellow writer Bulow."

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Mystery Scene



"Mystery fans--Hillerman fans in particular--and teachers of creative writing or detective fiction, as well as students of writing will enjoy this highly readable book."

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Clues: A Journal of Detection




5.1875 x 8.25 in. 142 pages 12 drawings, 8 halftones, 1 map