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  •  Hillerman and Peeking at Another Culture/Society (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Brecht

    One of the delights of Hillerman is that in addition to the mystery, you get a peek into another culture. This might be suspect and off putting had not the Navajo people awarded him with a "Special Friends of the Dineh Award." His sensitivity, respect for and insight into various tribal practices are a huge part of the pleasures of his books.

    I have found a few other authors who provide some insights into a few other cultures while telling some good mysteries. For example:

    Eliot Pattison - his Inspector Shan series is packed with info about the Tibetan culture and especially conditions since the Chinese occupation

    John Burdett and Timothy Hallinan - both authors cover Bangkok from slightly different angles: Burdett more seedy and Hallinan more romanticized

    Colin Cotterill - post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia, from the perspective of an aging coroner who has lived through it all

    Just a few . . . but love my mysteries (and Nordic police procedurals)

    When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. - Emerson

    by foolrex on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 05:51:52 PM PDT

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