One of my favorite mystery authors has died. His books are entertaining and informative. When I read a book about his Navajo detectives Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, I feel that I've entered a world that is unknown, but that this is an author who can make me understand and respect their world. Since the Navajo themselves honored Hillerman, I felt that the insight I was getting was probably authentic, too. I also liked the PBS series.
See this obituary in the LA Times: Mystery writer Tony Hillerman dies at 83