HILLERMAN, Tony. People of Darkness. New York: Harper & Row, (1980). Octavo, original half red cloth, graphic endpapers, original dust jacket. $450.
First edition of the first novel by award-winning mystery writer Tony Hillerman to feature Navajo police sergeant Jim Chee.
“In the world of mystery fiction, Tony Hillerman was that rare figure: a best-selling author who was adored by fans, admired by fellow authors and respected by critics…. Beginning with The Blessing Way in 1970, the 18 novels that Hillerman set on Southwest Indian reservations, featuring Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Sgt. Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police, gave the traditional genre hero a new dimension… Chee first appears in People of Darkness (1980), Hillerman’s fourth novel in the series.” It won immediate praise as “ingenious” (New York Times). Hubin I:402. See Reilly 774-6.
A fine copy.