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Talking Mysteries: A Conversation with Tony Hillerman
Hillerman discusses the craft of mystery writing, his approach to plot, characterization, and setting, and the wrinkles and twists that make his brand of fiction unique.
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by University of New Mexico Press
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Nov 09, 2011 Mary Ellen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tony Hillerman fans and would-be mystery writers
I am a big fan of Tony Hillerman, so I couldn't resist reading this. It's a quick read, composed of a biographical sketch of Hillerman, a transcribed conversation between Hillerman and Ernie Bulow, a meandering essay by Hillerman on how he writes mysteries, and a short story featuring Jim Chee. There is also a biographical sketch of Bulow, another short bio of Hillerman, and a bio of a man who has done a series of drawings based on Hillerman's work (12 of which are included in the book.) Some in ...more
Nov 04, 2014 John Winkworth rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Enjoyed the discussions about his writing approaches. Provides informative background about his character and plot development. Gave me a better appreciation of the importance of the locations to his stories.
Tony Hillerman, who was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, was a decorated combat veteran from World War II, serving as a mortarman in the 103rd Infantry Division and earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. Later, he worked as a journalist from 1948 to 1962. Then he earned a Masters degree and taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, wh ...moreMore about Tony Hillerman...