I ain’t No Tony Hillerman


It was a desolate, out-of-the-way corner of a desolate, out-of-the-way town. The dusty car had Missouri plates. It was obvious that it had gotten there on all back roads, over the mountains, and hadn’t been on the highway.  Pete guessed that they had used only cash.

The shifty eyed man, obviously hiding a gun, had a death grip on the woman’s elbow.  She gave Pete a quick, frightened, “help me” look.

Playing the “Dumb Indian”, he signaled his boy.

Jim stopped by later to thank him for the tip.

Wounded in the shootout, the woman was back with her family.


Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.


Tony Hillerman wrote a series of books from the area of the country where the photo was taken, in the heart of The Navajo Nation.  Jim Chee is a fictional member of the Navajo police force in some of the books. I’m not saying “Jim” in my story is the same, but…

30 thoughts on “I ain’t No Tony Hillerman

  1. Dale

    It was driving me crazy, till you mentioned author. Right! A friend of mine sent me a bunch of Hillerman books which I cannot seem to find (I’m hoping I boxed them, otherwise I sent them to a local charity…)
    Good one, Trent!

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