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    •  My one problem with the memoir (4+ / 0-)
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      michelewln, Brecht, RiveroftheWest, kurt

      was that there seemed to have been no editing whatsoever!
      I don't know if it indicated Hillerman's advancing years, or if he always needed that much editing, but good lord, for all the money that man made for his publishers, they couldn't spring for a proofreader? It's insulting! I was angry on Hillerman's behalf. And this was a paperback, so they'd had an opportunity to do some revisions. It's been aehile, so maybe they got to it eventually, I don't know.

      That said, he led an interesting life, and seemed to be a genuinely decent man.

      Hillerman is what got me reading mysteries. I'd been snobbish toward that genre, and when I picked up Hillerman, I was entranced by the setting among the Navajo, and proceeded to read all of them. It's amazing how much one can pick up about the culture just from reading Hillerman. Not details, necessarily, more of a gestalt.

      From there, I discovered other authors I liked, and realized just how broad the genre has gotten. There are well-written mysteries of literary quality. I especially like mysteries that introduce me to a different culture, or some obscure field of interest, and I enjoy following characters through a series.

      I belong to a book group that is "Armchair Travel Mystery". Perfect! Lots of international mysteries, many in translation, plus a few historical, and some that are only loosely mysteries. As we say, ALL good fiction is mystery! Most, anyway. there's always something to be resolved, right?

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