Sunday, October 7, 2012

Jack Higgins, Tony Hillerman, and Linda Howard

I've been spending some time working through the "old" inventory from my closed brick and mortar shop, trying to fill in the inventory. For simplicity I am rolling through the books alphabetically by author. I just finished the "H's".

This, of course, led me to wonder who these authors were, especially those that had a lot of titles that I had not read. Three of those are Jack Higgins, Tony Hillerman, and Linda Howard.

Jack Higgins is a pseudonym of the British author Harry Patterson, who has more than 60 novels to his credit, mostly thrillers. Higgins' breakthrough novel was The Eagle Has Landed published in 1975. This novel features recurring protagonist Liam Devlin and was about a fictitious commando raid by the Germans in World War II to capture Winston Churchill. His last series featured Sean Dillon, a former Irish terrorist, and is set in recent times, starting with the publication of Eye of the Storm in 1992.

Tony Hillerman wrote 18 mysteries featuring Navajo tribal policemen Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. All of them are set primarily in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. Hillerman draws heavily on Navajo culture in his novels providing a unique approach to the genre.

Linda Howard is a pseudonym of Linda Howington. She is a founding member of the Romance Writer's of America and was first published in the Silhouette Desire series in 1982. To date she has written over 50 novels and has expanded significantly from her original "serial" romance to include historical romance, contemporary romance and romantic suspense.

Between these three authors my inventory includes over 60 titles, not nearly all of what they have written but a good selection. These and over 30,000 others at