Literary Techniques

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To a degree, Tony Hillerman's writing style resembles Hemingway's, in that he includes relatively few adjectives and adverbs, preferring to...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Hillerman demonstrates the essential conflict between individual desire and societal and cultural limits in Dance Hall of the Dead, as...

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Social Concerns

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As in Tony Hillerman's earlier Joe Leaphorn novel, The Blessing Way (1970), Dance Hall of the Dead stresses the importance of...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Bulow, Ernie. Talking Mysteries: A Conversation with Tony Hillerman. Gallup, N.Mex.: Southwestern Books, 1989.

Erisman, Fred. Tony Hillerman. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 1989.

Greenberg, Martin. The Tony Hillerman Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to His Life and Work. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.

Hillerman, Tony. Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

Reilly, John M. Tony Hillerman: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Literary Precedents

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Hillerman's novels fit into so many traditional sub-categories of detective fiction that he becomes almost impossible to classify in such...

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Related Titles

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Tony Hillerman's first novel, The Blessing Way (1970), marks the first appearance of Navajo Tribal Policeman Joe Leaphorn. As usual,...

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Audio Partners Publishing Corporation published a two-cassette version of Dance Hall of the Dead, read by Michael Ansara, in 1989....

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