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Subject: Reading Tony Hillerman??
Date Posted: 6/9/2009 6:42 PM ET
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I picked up a Tony Hillerman novel - the wailing wind. Come to find out Hillerman has written a long series with both of the main characters - should I start at the beginning?? going back to 1970????

I know some people don't mind reading out of order - but I am one of those people who must read it in order, unless it is a stand alone novel - but if there are personal story lines that carry through - I hate not reading them in order.

I guess my question is - is it a strong series order?? and how far back should I go?


Date Posted: 6/9/2009 7:34 PM ET
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I LOVE Tony Hillerman and his Leaphorn/Chee series.  I would definitely recommend reading the books in order and if you're going to do that, you might as well begin at the beginning!  Tony Hillerman passed away just a couple of months ago so unfortunately, we won't be getting any more mysteries from him.  Everything that I've ever heard or read about Hillerman indicates that he was a humble and very generous man.  It would have been nice to have met him.

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 8:20 PM ET
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thanks for the reply LeeAnne!

It looks like he wrote 3 books back in the 70's about Joe Leaphorn and then wrote 3 books about Jim Chee in the 80's

then in 1986 he started the series they were both in. do you think I should go back and read the others or just start with Skinwalkers the first novel they were both in, anyone know?

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 9:20 PM ET
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I'd start at the very beginning if Iwere you. I've read his books and enjoyed them but It took a couple of books till I really got into him.

Date Posted: 6/21/2009 2:28 PM ET
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If you can't find the books from the beginning of the series, don't let that keep you from reading these outstanding books.

He was guest of honor at a mystery convention I attended a few years ago. Good writer, wonderful person.

Here's his obit:    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/books/28hillerman.html

Date Posted: 6/26/2009 11:55 PM ET
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I don't know how the series runs but I have some of his books listedin my bookshelf.  Give them a look.

Subject: Tony
Date Posted: 6/27/2009 10:41 AM ET
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I think you would still enjoy the books quite a bit if you read them out of order. 

I might add that there is another writer who writes Southwest books you might enjoy named Margaret Coel.  I think she has written 4 or 5 books, but they are all really good.