People Of Darkness Mass Market Paperback – Nov 29 1990
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"Great suspense." -- -- Chicago Tribune
"He makes the desert come, alive." -- -- Denver Post
"Hillerman . . . is in a class by himself." -- -- Los Angeles Times
"Hillerman deserves to be included in any list of the best living mystery writers." -- -- Dallas Morning News
"Hillerman gets better with every book." -- -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Hillerman is an expert puzzle-maker." -- -- The Atlantic
"Hillerman's mysteries are unique in American crime fiction." -- -- Los Angeles Times
"The only mysteries I read are Hillerman's." -- -- Ursula K. Le Guin
"This series of Southwestern mysteries from Tony Hillerman is superb." -- -- Daily News
"Whatever your pleasure, you can't go wrong with this gifted, skillful and . . . unique writer." -- -- San Diego Union
About the Author
Tony Hillerman is a former president of the Mystery Writers of America and has received its Edgar® and Grand Master awards. His other honors include the LA Times Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, the Center for the American Indians Ambassador Award, the Silver Spur Award for the best novel set in the West, and the Navajo Tribes Special Friend Award. He lives with his wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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"The mole, his hunting song is silence."
Sgt Jim Chee of the Navaho tribal police is asked by the wife of Benjamin J. Vines to retrieve a mysterious box stolen from her husband's safe while he was away. When mister vines returns he tells Chee that it was all a mistake and hands Chee a check. We all know Chee can not let this lay still so the mystery leads him to people that use a mole for their talisman "The people of Darkness" and it appears that something (or someone) is killing them all off.
The mystery is fair and Tony Hillerman does not hide clues or surprise suspects to the last minute so it is not too hard to guess most of the plot or who the good guys and bad guys are. We are introduced to the Navaho concept of witches and Mary Landon who will play parts (if she survives) in future novels. In the process we get a vivid description of the four corners and other areas near buy. In People of darkness he picks up a Lota Burger and I have eaten a few of them my self. In future books we will be introduced to the Navaho Taco. For the anthropologist in us he describes many sings and ways.
A bomb goes off in a hospital parking lot, apparently aimed at killing a man who is already dying of cancer, a box containing little of apparent value disappears from a rich man's house, and an oil well explosion thirty years back has some connection to these events. This is vintage Hillerman: a story than ranges over vast areas of time and space. The villain in "People of Darkness" is one of Hillerman's best: a cold professional with the vulnerability of a battered child.
Hillerman's strengths are authenticity and atmosphere. Elements of Navajo culture, religion, and folkways are woven into the fabric of his novels. His landscapes are harsh and spectacular. Nature is magnificent, but also menacing. In this exotic setting, the supernatural seems almost possible and little chilly fingers tickle your spine. If you are an urbanite, you may not like Hillerman; but if you are drawn to big, blank spots on the map you will likely love him. Not the least of his accomplishments is that he has probably taught more people about the Navajo -- and generated more interest in Navajo culture -- than any other writer.
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This book is a real page turner. I liked the story. It helps to know what an amulet is. If you don't it doesn't make a bit of sense.Published on Sept. 18 1999
I was very disappointed in Tony Hillerman with this book. It was good up until maybe chapter 30. It seemed as if he was in a rush to finish the book, leaving a very undetailed... Read morePublished on Sept. 10 1999
This book is my favourite of all of Tony Hillerman's work.
The plot is perfect,it is full of action and the landscape is fabulous .