Detective and Mystery Stories, American

Ceremonial Drum and Books Display

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One of my first tasks on the Hillerman Portal was to describe the covers of the foreign editions of the Tony Hillerman novels. This was a fascinating time, because each cover depicted what the publisher and jacket designer imagined the book to be about, a visual representation of an imagined mythology of the American Southwest and its indigenous cultures.

Tony Hillerman at Book Signing

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Tony Hillerman at Book Signing

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Photograph of Tony Hillerman

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"The Blessing Way" Interactive Map

This map includes a guided tour through each chapter of "The Blessing Way," and displays the major southwestern geographic references mentioned in the novel. It includes locations in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, as well as several fictional locations that Tony Hillerman made up for the novel. Click on the thumbnail image to open the map in your browser and start the tour. Click the up or down arrows to advance through the tour, or click on a map marker to see a brief description of the location.

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