Tony Hillerman is best known for his novels featuring Navajo crime fighters. Yet The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other True Stories consists of 17 nonfiction essays that appeared in New Mexico magazines in the 1970s when Hillerman was a graduate student.
Each essay showcases his deep love and understanding of New Mexico’s mountains, people, history, anthropology, law enforcement, hunting, fishing and sometimes politics. All are portrayed in his clear writing style combined with a zesty sense of humor. The foreword by his daughter Anne gives us a deeper understanding of this man and his work. Readers will smile when turning the last page.
—Phyllis Morreale-de la Garza