One of the my oldest friends from the crime writing world, Tony Hillerman, author of the Leaphorn and Chee Navajo mysteries, died Sunday of pulmonary failure at 83. Marilyn Stasio – the NY Times crime fiction reviewer – has an excellent obituary here.
I have many personal tales to tell of Tony. He was an incredibly generous man to me and to other younger (at the time) mystery writers. Unfortunately, I am under Pajamas TV pressure and cannot go into them extensively at this moment, except to note that one of my cherished memories is a tour Tony took me on of the Indian pueblos of New Mexico in the mid-Seventies. Not surprisingly, he was an honored guest by the tribal chieftains. We were treated well.