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 Waits 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 Way 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 & Chee Books

(with Anne Hillerman)

The Blessing Way (1970)Description / Buy at
Dance Hall of the Dead (1973)Description / Buy at
Listening Woman (1978)Description / Buy at
People of Darkness (1980)Description / Buy at
The Dark Wind (1982)Description / Buy at
The Ghostway (1984)Description / Buy at
Skinwalkers (1986)Description / Buy at
A Thief of Time (1988)Description / Buy at
Talking God (1989)Description / Buy at
Coyote Waits (1990)Description / Buy at
Sacred Clowns (1992)Description / Buy at
The Fallen Man (1996)Description / Buy at
The First Eagle (1998)Description / Buy at
Hunting Badger (1999)Description / Buy at
The Wailing Wind (2002)Description / Buy at
The Sinister Pig (2003)Description / Buy at
Skeleton Man (2004)Description / Buy at
The Shape Shifter (2006)Description / Buy at
Spider Woman's Daughter (By: Anne Hillerman) (2013)Description / Buy at
Rock with Wings (By: Anne Hillerman) (2015)Description / Buy at
Song of the Lion (By: Anne Hillerman) (2017)Description / Buy at
Cave of Bones (By: Anne Hillerman) (2018)Description / Buy at
The Tale Teller (By: Anne Hillerman) (2019)Description / Buy at
Stargazer (By: Anne Hillerman) (2021)Description / Buy at
The Sacred Bridge (By: Anne Hillerman) (2022)Description / Buy at
The Way of the Bear (By: Anne Hillerman) (2023)Description / Buy at
Lost Birds (By: Anne Hillerman) (2024)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Fly on the Wall (1971)Description / Buy at
Finding Moon (1995)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Best of the West (1991)Description / Buy at
The Mysterious West (1994)Description / Buy at
The Great Taos Bank Robbery: And Other True Stories (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Children's Books

The Boy Who Made Dragonfly (1972)Description / Buy at
Buster Mesquite's Cowboy Band (2001)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other Indian Country Affairs (1973)Description / Buy at
New Mexico, Rio Grande, and Other Essays (1975)Description / Buy at
The Spell of New Mexico (1976)Description / Buy at
Tony Hillerman's Indian Country Map and Guide (1987)Description / Buy at
Indian Country (1987)Description / Buy at
Talking Mysteries: A Conversation With Tony Hillerman (With: Ernie Bulow) (1991)Description / Buy at
Hillerman Country (With: Barney Hillerman) (1991)Description / Buy at
Seldom Disappointed (2001)Description / Buy at
Kilroy Was There (2004)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Perfect Murder(1991)Description / Buy at
2nd Culprit(1993)Description / Buy at
The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories(1996)Description / Buy at
The Serpent's Tongue: Prose, Poetry, and Art of the New Mexican Pueblos(1997)Description / Buy at
First Cases, Volume 3(1999)Description / Buy at
A Century of Great Suspense Stories(2001)Description / Buy at
The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction(2004)Description / Buy at
A New Omnibus of Crime(2005)Description / Buy at

Notes: 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. The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century was edited with series editor Otto Penzler. The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories and A New Omnibus of Crime were edited with Rosemary Herbert.

If You Like Tony Hillerman Books, You’ll Love…

Tony Hillerman Synopses: The Blessing Way is the first Leaphorn & Chee novel by Tony Hillerman. The victim found in a high, isolated location – a corpse with a mouth full of sand – abandoned at a crime scene that appears to be devoid of tracks or useful clues is particularly troubling. Although homicide is always an abhorrent crime, there is something particularly troubling about the victim. Despite the fact that it goes against his better judgment, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police cannot help but suspect the involvement of a supernatural killer.

Leaphorn’s search for a Wolf-Witch takes him where even the bravest men fear to go – a chilling path that veers dangerously between mysticism and murder. There is a palpable evil in the air.

The Fly on the Wall is a standalone novel by Tony Hillerman. John Cotton, a top-notch reporter, observes everything, hears everything, and stays hidden. But when he finds the body of his best friend lying on the marble floor of the U.S. Capitol’s central rotunda, the game changes. Suddenly, Cotton has too much information about a murder, a million-dollar scam, and a scandal involving a senatorial candidate. He also hears the pursuing footsteps of powerful people who want to keep their secrets a secret and are willing to kill for it.

Finding Moon by Tony Hillerman is a standalone title. Moon Mathias, a journalist, sets out into the turmoil of Southeast Asia in 1975 to find his brother’s child. His search takes him from Manila to the Cambodian jungles and leads him on a dangerous trail of smuggling, conspiracy, and possible murder.

In The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other Indian Country Affairs, Tony Hillerman puts together some classic stories of contemporary New Mexican life in a collection that makes you laugh, shake your head, and eventually learn and appreciate more about New Mexico and its people.

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9 Responses to “Order of Tony Hillerman Books”

  1. Maureen Benet: 2 years ago


    I am bearing GREAT NEWS! I contacted you a few months ago as I had a yen to listen to all of the Tony Hillerman books in order, to follow with all of the available Anne Hillerman books. (Which in my opinion are every bit as great as her dad’s books!)

    I was so disappointed, I thought I had all of them, but really had very few between Audible and Apple audiobooks bought long ago.

    I could not find any place to listen to these books for free, which is so appropriate for me right now.

    This week I was told about the app HOOPLA. My local library (where I have a Libby app) supports HOOPLA and I just found ALL of the Tony Hillerman books there, and Anne’s as well. I am so excited!

    For some reason Coyote Waits is only available in e-book form, but that’s great, that it is only one book.

    So…there may be others like me, really wanting to re-run all of these fabulous books.

    Thanks for all your hard work. I refer to your lists all the time. I tell my friends as well.

    Sincerely, Maureen Benet
    Bend, Oregon USA


  2. Calvin Mitchell: 3 years ago

    Nice to see all of this information about Tony Hillerman. My older brother told me about him about in ~2014. I was born in N Mexico but only lived there 6 years. My brother lived there ~15 years. He was more interested in NM and the west than I. When I went back to see my fathers ranch, I called him for some information. When I told him what I had been reading, he told me about Hillerman. Strangely, I just now looked up his writings. Will be buying soon.


  3. gespalder: 7 years ago

    The Tony Hillerman Companion as well as The Great Taos Bank Robbery and Other Indian Country Affairs, Rio Grande, New Mexico, The Spell of New Mexico and Indian Country are not listed above.


  4. Brian: 8 years ago

    Just wanted to point out a couple typos above. Coyote Winds should be Coyote Waits, and Blessing Wind should be Blessing Way. Thanks for listing Mr. Hillerman’s books. I’ve read most of them over the years, but would love to read them again in order.


  5. Penny: 10 years ago

    Was so sad at this man’s passing


    • Brandon: 10 years ago

      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


      • Richard Adams: 10 years ago

        His daughter wrote a good book, keeping with leaphorn and chee characters. I thought it was very good. Like father like daughter. Hope she keeps it going.


        • Brandon: 10 years ago

          I think she will keep going. Don’t take that as a critique of her work on my part – I hope she does a great job carrying on her father’s legacy.


        • Irishdee: 9 years ago

          I agree, she did a great job. Really enjoyed the read. I look forward to more books from her.


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