Tony Hillerman (1925-2008) was an American author who wrote several different kinds of books. He is best known for his Leaphorn and Chee detective fiction series. Most of his books revolve around Native American and Southwestern themes. Hillerman also wrote a couple of standalone books, two children’s books, several non-fiction books and some photo books. His books The Dark Wind, Skinwalkers, Coyote Winds and A Thief of Time have all be adapted to film. Tony is the father of author Anne Hillerman, who has taken over his Leaphorn and Chee series following his death in 2008.

Tony Hillerman started writing back in 1970 with The Blessing Wind and continued basically up to his death in 2008. Below is a list of Tony Hillerman’s books in order of when they were published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Leaphorn and Chee Books


The Blessing Way(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dance Hall of the Dead(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Listening Woman(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
People of Darkness(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dark Wind(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ghostway(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Skinwalkers(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Thief of Time(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Talking God(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Coyote Waits(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sacred Clowns(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fallen Man(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The First Eagle(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hunting Badger(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wailing Wind(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sinister Pig(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Skeleton Man(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shape Shifter(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Fly on the Wall(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Finding Moon(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Children’s Books


The Boy Who Made Dragonfly(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Buster Mesquite's Cowboy Band(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Starting with Spider Woman’s Daughter, the Leaphorn & Chee series is being written by Anne Hillerman. For more novels in the series, please see Leaphorn & Chee.

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  • Penny

    Was so sad at this man’s passing

    • Brandon

      It may never be the same, but at least his characters live on with his daughter’s work. We’ll have a page up for Anne in the not too distant future, but for now you can get the whole series by visiting the Leaphorn & Chee character page at http://www.orderofbooks.com/characters/leaphorn-and-chee/.