Tony Hillerman died Sunday, October 26, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was 83. New York Times Book Review mystery columnist Marilyn Stasio has posted a nice tribute and appreciation of him. USA Today also posted an article. I'm sure there will be lots more.
Are you a fan of Hillerman's Navajo Tribal Police mysteries and officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee? Here's a link to author search results in EVPL's catalog.