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The Great Taos Bank Robbery (1973)

by Tony Hillerman

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I picked this book up in Taos thinking that it might give me some insight into the people who inhabit New Mexico. I'm no expert, but it seems to ring true.

The folks I met are mostly free spirits with their own way of doing things. This book presents the quirkiest of the bunch.

It's a humorous, irreverent look at the unique people who populate this part of New Mexico. ( )
  smbmom | Aug 3, 2009 |
One or two good short stories, but the rest were disappointing. Some good insights into Sante Fe, New Mexico's culture. "...in New York society transcends and the man is submerged within it. But Santa Fe celebrates the individual." ( )
  ague | Oct 30, 2007 |
Written when he was still a graduate student, before his writing career really took off. Quite dry compared to his later work - he really doesn't know how to tell a story, which is a shame considering he had interesting material. ( )
  juliebean | Apr 26, 2007 |
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The Great Taos Bank Robbery:

The newsroom of The New Mexican first got word of the incident about ten minutes after nine the morning of November 12, 1957.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061011738, Mass Market Paperback)

For the very first time in mass market paperback, here is a unique compilation about life in New Mexico by one of the nation's finest writers.

Tony Hillerman, who knows the Southwest like no other contemporary writer; presents nine extraordinary, true tales that capture the history and rhythms of daily life in New Mexico. From the comical title story of the holdup that didn't happen, to the riveting account of scientist tracking the Black Death through the arroyos in "We All Fall Down," to the ironic account of how a Black cowboy's commonsense intelligence destroyed the dogma of the Smithsonian Institution in "Othello in Union County," master storytellerTony Hillerman reveals the present and the timeless past of one of America's most beautiful and haunting regions.

Tony Hillerman is professor emeritus of journalism at the University of New Mexico and an Edgar Award-winning mystery novelist. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"Hillerman is surely one of the finest and most original craftsman at work...today." --Boston Globe Book Review

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Presents nine extraordinary, true tales of daily life in New Mexico, including the comical title story, about a bank holdup in Santa Fe that never was. In this extraordinary collection, Tony Hillerman presents the Southwest as only he can, choosing remarkable true tales from his personal archives of local lore. As you read these stories, you will be amazed, astounded, and oftentimes confounded by the power of ingenuity, serendipity, and the strange, comical coincidence of life and how it proves, once again, that truth is ultimately stranger than fiction. From the amusing title story of the holdup that didn't happen, to the riveting account of scientists tracking Black Death through the arroyos, to the ironic account of how a black cowboy's commonsense intelligence destroyed the dogma of the Smithsonian Institution, master storyteller Tony Hillerman reveals the present and timeless past of one of America's most beautiful and haunting regions. Hillerman knows the Southwest like no other contemporary writer. From its wry politics to its astonishing history to the hypnotic rhythms of daily life, these nine pieces offer the New Mexico readers have never seen but will come to love.… (more)

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