Tony Hillerman Audio Books
Tony Hillerman was born in 1925, in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma.
Although he was raised among the Pottawatomie and Seminole Indians and studied at an Indian boarding school, Hillerman was not Native American. He attended Oklahoma State University (1943), the University of Oklahoma (B.A. 1946), and the University of New Mexico (M.A. 1966).
He worked as a journalist in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico (1948-63), lived in Albuquerque, and taught journalism at the University of New Mexico (1976-85).
Hillerman had written numerous mystery novels drawing on Native American culture, the most successful featuring Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police. His many bestselling novels include Sacred Clowns, Coyote Waits, and A Thief of Time.
Hillerman was a past president of the Mystery Writers of America and the recipient of the Edgar and Grand Master awards. His other honors included the Center for the American Indian's Ambassador Award, the Silver Spur Award for best novel set in the West, and the Navajo Tribe's Special Friend Award.
Tony Hillerman died on October 26, 2008, of pulmonary failure. He was 83.