Tuesday, October 11, 2005

More Tony Hillerman

Book Cover: Skeleton Man

I just finished Tony Hillerman's Skeleton Man (Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee Novels) 2004. I am now up to date on my Hillerman reading. (I wrote about The Sinister Pig September 13. Now that we're all very well acquainted with the cast of characters, Hillerman is keeping our interest in the plot by bringing in new territories, and interesting facts about the Southwest. In this case, the new territory is the Grand Canyon, and the interesting true story is the June, 1956 airliner collision over the canyon, which "triggered the creation of the Federal Aviation Administration and its flight safety rules." As always, the mystery is artfully plotted, and the characterizations are succinct but adequate. His craftmanship is unsurpassed.


Anne said...

Tony's a wonderful professor, too -- I had him one semester in the Honors Program at the University of New Mexico. A delightful man.

His autobiography is worth reading, too.

Rebecca Clayton said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I've enjoyed some of his other writing. I'll look for it.