Tony Hillerman was born in Oklahoma 27 May 1925 where he was educated to University level.
He served in the US army, with great distinction, during World War II. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and a
Purple Heart. Leaving the army he turned to journalism where he once again flourished, winning several professional awards.
1970 saw the publication of his first novel. The books have received both critical and commercial success.
He is more popular, with both collectors and readers, in America than in Britain. In all cases, the US editions precede their English counterparts.