Criticism, Profiles and Interviews


Web Sources

Tony Hillerman. [Official Website by HarperCollins].  2001.

Tony Hillerman: The Oklahoma Connection. "Oklahoma Authors," Oklahoma State Department of Education, Instructional

        Technology, Telecommunications Section.

University of New Mexico Writing the Southwest


Bakerman, Jane S.  "Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee" in Cops and Constables:  American and British

Fictional Policemen.  Edited by Earl F. Bargainnier and George N. Dove. Bowling Green, OH:  Popular, 1986.

Bernell, Sue and Michaela Karni. "Tony Hillerman" in This Is About Vision: Interviews with Southwestern Writers. Edited

        by William Balassi, John F. Crawford and Annie O. Eysturoy. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1990.

Coales, Samuel. The Mystery of Mysteries: Cultural Differences and Designs. Bowling Green, KY: Bowling Green

State U Popular Press, 2000.

Donaldson, John K. "Native American Sleuths:  Following in the Footsteps of the Indian Guides?" in Telling the Stories:

Essays on American Indian Literatures and Cultures.  Edited by Elizabeth Hoffman Nelson.  New York: 

Peter Lang,  2001.

Erisman, Fred. Tony Hillerman. (Western Writers Series No. 37). Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 1989.

Freese, Peter. The Ethnic Detective: Chester Himes, Harry Kemelman, Tony Hillerman. Essen:

Verlag Die Blaue Eule, 1992.

Goeller, Allison D. "The Mystery of Identity:  The Private Eye (I) in the Detective Fiction of Walter Mosley and Tony

Hillerman" in Sleuthing Ethnicity: The Detective in Multi-Ethnic Crime Fiction.  Edited by Dorothea

Fischer-Hornung and Monica Mueller.  Madison, NJ:  Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2003.

Grape, Jan. "Tony Hillerman" in Speaking Of Murder: Interviews with The Masters of Mystery and Suspense. Edited by

        Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg. New York: Berkley Prime Crime, 1998.

Greenberg, Martin, ed. The Tony Hillerman Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to His Life and Work. New York:

        HarperCollins Publishers, 1994.

        This was an Edgar nominee for "Best Critical/Biographical work."

Hieb, Louis A. Tony Hillerman: From The Blessing Way to Talking God: A Bibliography. Tucson: Press of the Gigantic

        Hound, 1990.

---. Tony Hillerman Abroad. An Annotated Checklist of Foreign Language Editions. Santa Fe: Parker Books of the

        West, 1993.

Krumrey, Diane.  "Subverting the Tonto Stereotype in Popular Fiction:   Or, Why Indians Say 'Ugh'" in

Simulacrum America: The USA and the Popular Media.  Edited by Elisabeth Kraus and Carolin Auer.

Rochester, NY:  Camden House, 2000. 

Linford, Lawrence D. and Tony Hillerman.  Tony Hillerman's Navajoland:   Hideouts, Haunts, and Havens in the Joe

        Leaphorn and Jim Chee Mysteries. Salt Lake City:  University of Utah Press, 2001.

Muhlestein, Daniel K.  "Tony Hillerman" in Twentieth Century American Western Writers.  Edited by Richard H. Cracroft.

Detroit, MI:  Thomson Gale, 1999. 

O'Sullivan, Maurice J.  "Tony Hillerman and the Navajo Way" in Bad Boys and Bad Girls in the Badlands:  Crime Ficton

and Film in the Southwest.  Edited by Steve Glassman  and Maurice J. O'Sullivan. Bowling Green, KY:  

Bowling Green State U Popular Press, 2002.

Reilly, John M. Tony Hillerman: A Critical Companion. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Roush, Jan. "Tony Hillerman" in Updating the Literary West.   Fort Worth, TX:  Western Literature Association in

association with Texas Christian UP, 1997. 

Sobol, John. Tony Hillerman: A Public Life. Toronto: ECW, 1994.


These are arranged by date in reverse chronological order (i.e., newer articles first).

Journal Articles

Paver, Michelle. "10 Favourite Novels . . . About the Natural World."  Ecologist 34.10 (December 2004/January 2005): 65.

Nolan, Tom.  "Hillerman Country."  Mystery Scene 87 (2004): 14-17.

Hamm, Ron.  "Ron Hamm Interview with Tony Hillerman for Clues."  Clues:   A Journal of Detection 21.2 (Fall-Winter

         2000):  27-40.

O'Hear, Michael and Richard Ramsey.  "The Detective as Teacher:   Didacticism in Detective Fiction."  Clues:  A Journal of 

        Detection 21.2 (Fall-Winter 2000):   95-105.

Chapman, G. Clarke.  "Tony Hillerman's Fiction:  Crime and Common Grace." Christianity and Literature 48.4

(Summer 1999):  473-86.

Morrison, James V. "What's Aristotle Taping Tonight?" Journal of Popular Culture. 31.1 (Summer 1997): 67-71.

Fitz, Brewster E. "Ethnocentric Guilt in Tony Hillerman's Dance Hall of the Dead," MELUS 22.2 (Summer 1997): 91-104.

Coale, Samuel. "Hillerman and the Cross: The Re-Invention and the Mythic (Re-) Modeling of the Popular Mystery," Clues: A

        Journal of Detection 16.2 (Fall/Winter 1995):17-27. 

Neary, John. "Dilettantes in the Game of Life," Archaeology 48 (March/April 1995). 58-62.

Rouch, Jan. "The Developing Art of Tony Hillerman," Western American Literature 28.2 (August 1993): 99-110.

Knepper, Paul and Michael B. Puckett. "The Historicity of Tony Hillerman's Indian Police," Journal of the West 34:1 (January

        1995). 13-18.

"Anthropological Thrillers." Economist 328:7824 (August 14, 1993). 83-4.

Nelms, Ben F. and Stephen L. Fisher. "Favorite Detective Story Writers: From Poe to the Present." English Journal 81:2

         (February 1992). 91-5.

Erisman, Fred.  "Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee and the Shaman's Dilemma."   Lamar Journal of the Humanities 17.1

(Spring 1992):  5-16.

Doerry, Karl W.  "Literary Conquista:  The Southwest as a Literary Emblem."  Journal of the Southwest 32.4

(Winter 1990):  438-50.

Ross, Dale H. and Charles L. P. Silet. "Interview with Tony Hillerman," Clues: A Journal of Detection 10.2

(Fall/Winter 1989):  119-135.      

Quinn, Judy. "Contributing Factors--Tony Hillerman: A Mystery in any Medium," Library Journal 114:9 (May 15, 1989).


Parker, Betty and Riley Parker. "Hillerman Country,"Armchair Detective: A Quarterly Journal Devoted to the

        Appreciation of Mystery, Detective and Suspense Fiction 20.1 (Winter 1987): 4-14.

Quirk, Tom. "Justice on the Reservation."  Armchair Detective:   A Quarterly Journal Devoted to the

Appreciation of Mystery, Detective and Suspense Fiction 18.4 (Fall 1985):   364-370.

Bakerman, Jane S.  "Cutting Both Ways:  Race, Prejudice and Motive in Tony Hillerman's Detective Fiction." 

MELUS 11.2 (Fall 1984):  17-25. 

Schneider, Jack W.  "Crime and Navajo Punishment:  Tony Hillerman's Novels of Detection."  Southwest Review

67.2 (Spring 1982):  151-160.

Stenski, Ellen.  "Ritual and Murder in Tony Hillerman's Detective Novels."  Western American Literature 16.3

(November 1981):  205-216.

Bakerman, Jane S.  "Joe Leaphorn and the Navaho Way:  Tony Hillerman's Indian Detective Fiction."  Clues:

A Journal of Detection 2.1 (Spring-Summer 1981):  9-16.

Magazine Articles

Bates, Judy.  "Politics and the Reservation. (PW Talks with Tony Hillerman.)"  Publishers Weekly.  April 14, 2003.  52.

Goodman, Susan. "Sue Grafton and Tony Hillerman," Modern Maturity   July/August 1995. 74-76+.

Hirshey, Gerri. "Murder, Mayhem, and Mythology," Gentlemen's Quarterly 63 (September 1993). 133+.

Chapman, G. Clarke. "Crime and Blessing in Tony Hillerman's Fiction," The Christian Century 108 (November, 13, 1991).


Parfit, Michael. "Weaving Mysteries That Tell of Life Among the Navajos," Smithsonian 21:90. 92-96+.

Ames, Katrine. "In The Heart of Navajo Country," Newsweek June 19, 1989. 60-1.

Neill, Michael and Suzanne Adelson. "A Keen Observer in a World Not His Own, Writer Tony Hillerman Tells of Death and

        Life in the Navajo Nation," People July 18, 1988. 85-6.

Breslin, Catherine. "PW Interviews Tony Hillerman,"Publishers Weekly   June 10, 1988. 57-8.

Newspaper Articles

Foster, Catherine. "Southwest Novelist Describes the Impact of Landscape on Characters' Development," Christian Science

        Monitor 18 December 1995. 15.

Boucher, Norman. "West Seller," Boston Globe December 8, 1991, Section BGM, 18.

O'Driscoll, Patrick. "Still the Guy Down the Block," Denver Post September 24, 1989, Section CON, 10.

Olson, Clarence E. "Tony Hillerman on Writing Mysteries," St. Louis Post-Dispatch August 4, 1989, C5.

Manning, Anita. "Hillerman's Mysteries Give Clues to Navajo Life," USA Today June 12, 1989, D4.

Claffey, Charles E. "Weaving Sacred Mysteries Into Mystery Novels," Boston Globe June 9, 1989, 81.

Ward, Alex. "Navajo Cops on the Case," New York Times May 14, 1989, Section 6, 39.

Gaugenmaier, Judith Tabor. "The Mysteries of Tony Hillerman," The American West 26 (December 1989). 46-7+.

Stokes, Geoffrey. "Hogan Heroes," Village Voice 34:34 (August 22, 1989). 57-8.


Reference Books

"Hillerman, Tony," Current Biography 53:1 (January 1992). 42-6.

"Hillerman, Tony." Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series Volume 21. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1987.