The Great Taos Bank Robbery (1973)
This is a collection of essays about life in New Mexico as told by Tony Hillerman. The essays cover a range of topics such as: a bank robbery in Taos, the Holy Land of the Navajo, a hunt for the foci of bubonic plague in Pecos high country, the peculiarities of Santa Fe, and a profile of the excavation of a Folsom hunting camp in Llano de Albuquerque.
This collection of essays about life in New Mexico by one of the state's finest writers tells of the state's unique charm.
What is New Mexico? Of the many writers who have tried to answer that question, Tony Hillerman comes the closest to answering it without romanticizing the desert country. He is not a historian, not a guidebook-writer; his book, as he says, is "not intended to convert the Lubbokc-Jersey City philistia or to please any chambers of commerce." The essays that make up The Great Taos Bank Robbery tell of a wide variety of incidents, characters, and places that "offer insights into the mystique of this high dry tag-end of the American Rockies."