I've never read any of the mystery novels Hillerman is known for, but I've seen several on my dad's shelves. This is a collection of true essays he wrote about the Southwest for his Masters thesis. These informative and entertaining tales from the 1950s and 1960s offer a glimpse of what New Mexico was like decades before Santa Fe became super trendy. Hillerman writes about anthropological digs, bubonic plague, radical and corrupt politicians, native Americans, and more. The title story and a few others are hilariously told, and all of them are well-written. Anyone who likes Hillerman or New Mexico should love The Great Taos Bank Robbery.
Note: The second book cover below is the one I read, but as far as I know both editions have the same content.