Tony Hillerman, author of the Leaphorn and Chee mysteries, born May 27, 1925, in Sacred Heart, Okla., population 50, passed away yesterday in Arizona. He had been in declining health for several years, but still loved to write.
I've always enjoyed seeing interviews of Mr. Hillerman. He was a very down-to-earth type man and very modest about his success, always giving any ideas for inspiration to those he felt it was due.
More than just a mystery novelist, he was a decorated combat veteran of WWII, a journalist, and devoted husband and father.
Goodbye, Mr. Hillerman. Thank you for you contribution to the mystery world. You will never be forgotten by your fans!