1925 – 2008
Author Tony Hillerman, best known for his Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels, died Sunday from pulmonary failure. He was 83-years old.
Hillerman introduced readers to Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee in his 1970 novel, The Blessing Way. The two policemen would appear in 18 Hillerman novels set in the Four Corners region of the United States.
Born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, Hillerman served in the 103rd Infantry Division during WWII. After the war he worked as a journalist from 1948 – 1962. He earned his Master's degree and taught journalism at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque from 1966 – 1987.
His last Leaphorn and Chee novel was The Shape Shifter, published in 2006.