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If You Like . . .Tony Hillerman Booklist Books with components that may include a strong sense of place (New Mexico) and glimpses into Southwest or Indian culture.

 

Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.


  • Zia Summer
    Author: Anaya, Rudolfa A.
    Publisher: Warner $ 21.95 ISBN: 0446518433 Date: 1995
    Struggling to follow in the footsteps of his legendary lawman grandfather, private eye Sonny Baca is investigating his cousin Gloria's murder. Gloria's body is found drained of blood, and on her stomach has been carved the Zia sun symbol, which makes Sonny suspect witchcraft. His search for the truth pits him in a conflict between the ways of his ancestors and those of the city.
    Updated 11.23.04
  • Rio Grande Fall
    Author: Anaya, Rudolfo A.
    Publisher: Warner $ 23 ISBN: 0446518441 Date: 1996
    LJ Best Books
    Weaving a magical Southwestern blend of suspense and the supernatural, this sequel to Anaya's acclaimed Zia Summer brings back small-time P.I. Sonny Baca. When someone "falls" from a hot air balloon during Albuequerque's balloon festival, his investigation leads Sonny into a web of corruption and deceit involving drug smugglers, unauthorized medical experiments, kidnappers, and two other gruesome murders.
    Updated 11.23.04
  • Shaman Winter
    Author: Anaya, Rudolfo A.
    Publisher: Warner $ 24 ISBN: 0446523747 Date: 1999
    In the third book in Anaya's Albuquerque mystery series, P.I. Sonny Baca learns to enter his dream world and fight his nemesis, the Raven, before he is utterly destroyed.
    Updated 11.23.04
  • The Story Teller
    Author: Coel, Margaret
    Publisher: Prime Crime $ 21.95 ISBN: 0425165388 Date: 1998
    starBooklist
    Father O'Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden return! When a sacred tribal artifact disappears from a museum, it's more than Arapaho history that is lost--it's an Arapaho student's life. "A joy to read."--"Booklist."
    Updated 11.23.04
  • Killing Raven
    Author: Coel, Margaret
    Publisher: Prime Crime $ 22.95 ISBN: 042519261x Date: 2003
    starPW
    The ninth contemporary mystery set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming featuring amateur sleuths Father John O'Malley and Arapaho lawyer Vicky Holden from the "New York Times" bestselling author of The Shadow Dancer.
    Updated 11.23.04
  • Wife of Moon
    Author: Coel, Margaret
    Publisher: Prime Crime $ 22.95 ISBN:0425198146 Date: 2004
    starPW
    Father John O'Malley and Vicky Holden return in the bestselling series that is "considered the most accomplished heir to Tony Hillerman's legacy" (Scripps Howard News Service).
    Updated 11.23.04
  • Before She Dies
    Author: Havill, Steven F.
    Publisher: St Martins $ 21.95 ISBN: 0312139276 Date: 1996
    starBooklist
    When Posadas Register reporter Linda Real barely survives her nighttime patrol with one of Undersherrif Bill Gastner's deputies who is killed by a more accurate shotgun blast than the one that ruins her face, Bill gets angry. Teamed with his intuitive, observant detective Estelle Reyes-Guzman and her usual sharp eye for physical evidence, Bill implicates Tammy Woodruff, the thrill-seeking daughter of the local Republican County Chairman, in the brutal assault. Before he can interrogate her, though, she scoots. Soon Tammy is found crushed to death after her truck goes off the road while she's loaded with booze-too much alcohol, in fact, for anyone to hold... Originally published in 1996 by St. Martin's Press, Before She Dies is the fourth Undersherrif Bill Gastner mystery following Poisoned Pen Press' releases of Heartshot, Bitter Recoil, and Twice Buried - Poisoned Pen Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 11.23.04
  • Land of Echoes: Cree Black
    Author: Hecht, Daniel
    Publisher: Bloomsbury $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582343934 Date: 2004
    Parapsychologist Cree Black is called to a New Mexico school for gifted Navajo teens to investigate the mysterious symptoms of a student. Sixteen-year-old Tommy Keeday is wracked nightly with violent convulsions. Is the boy possessed by the spirit of an ancestor, as his family believes? Or is something even more sinister going on?
    Updated 11.23.04
  • Death at Rainy Mountain
    Author: Medawar, Mardi Oakley
    Publisher: St Martins $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312143109 Date: 1996
    starBooklist
    Updated 11.23.04
  • Red Mesa
    Author: Thurlo, Aimee and David
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312870604 Date: 2001
    starBooklist
    Ella Clah is happiest when she steals time from her duties as a Navajo Police Special Investigator to be with her young daughter. That time becomes doubly precious when Ella is accused of murdering her cousin and fellow officer, Justine Goodluck. Ella's fellow Navajo believe that she's turned evil. The FBI agents and Navajo police she helped train are on her trail, using her own techniques to find her.
    Updated 11.23.04
  • Bad Faith: Sister Agatha
    Author: Thurlo, Aimee and David
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312290810 Date: 2002
    starBooklist
    Cloistered in the middle of a New Mexico desert with only a few other nuns and a dying station wagon, Sister Agatha is cut off from the outside world . . . until the chaplain is poisoned and the local sheriff--whom Agatha dated before becoming a nun--comes to investigate.
    Updated 11.23.04
  • Tracking Bear
    Author: Thurlo, Aimee and David
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765304767 Date: 2003
    starBooklist
    A group of businessmen is working to open a nuclear power plant and uranium mine on the Navajo Reservation. While Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah works the murder of a tribal official, clues seem to lead to a major supporter of the nuclear project.
    Updated 11.23.04
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