Dennis Herrick

Biography

Dennis Herrick is the author of several short stories, most of them involving the American Southwest and often featuring different tribes of Pueblo Indians.

He won the 2004 Tony Hillerman Mystery Writing Contest for his short story "Hunting Season," and he won the 2010 Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest for his short story "Missing." He is the author of several published short stories and one book.

A native of Michigan, he and his wife now live on the west bank of the Rio Grande between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Herrick is a former daily newspaper reporter and weekly newspaper publisher and owner. He is an emeritus member of the journalism faculty at the University of New Mexico.

You can visit his author's website at dennisherrick.com.

Author's photograph is by Susan Boe. She also took photos and wrote the breast cancer survivors book, "Brave and Beautiful."

Where to find Dennis Herrick online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Indian Who Defied Coronado
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,540. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » History » Native American
NONFICTION — History remembers Coronado, who in 1540 invaded Pueblo country in what is now the United States. Few people have ever heard of Xauían, the Pueblo leader who led resistance against Coronado in America's first named Indian war.
To Steal What Is Sacred
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
An ancient katsina mask sacred to the Puebloan religion is stolen from a museum. An Albuquerque police detective from the Acoma tribe is assigned in this short story mystery to find the person who killed a museum guard in the robbery and took the mask.
Woman Without a Name
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,890. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
A woman agent for the National Security Agency arrives in Los Alamos, N.M., to investigate the death of another agent. His death looks like an accident, but she's convinced he was murdered by foreign spies who are trying to obtain secrets about the B61 nuclear bomb from Los Alamos National Laboratories.
Missing
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
A short story of 10 pages. An 85-year-old Cochiti Pueblo man is dying of cancer, but when his daughter tries to put him into a hospital, he flees to the mountains instead to finish his final days. This story, told with a light touch of humor, won the 2010 Society of Southwestern Authors Writing Contest and was published in the 2010 issue of Story Teller magazine.
A Missing Tourist in Mexico
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
He seems a bit disorganized, but Detective Esteban Verde is ready for the challenge when an American scuba diver is reported missing at the tourist community of San Carlos, Mexico. Verde juggles the Federal Police, his own sergeant, and a distraught widow—if that's what she really is. This 17-page short story was inspired by the author's own vacation to San Carlos.
Hunting Season
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A short story of 10 pages. An Indian from Jémez Pueblo is shot and killed while hunting for rabbits to feed his family. The police think the shooting is just a hunting accident, so it's up to an Albuquerque newspaper reporter to prove what really happened.
Spirit Journey
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
When a newspaper reporter sees Indians from Iowa's Meskwaki tribe digging up graves in a pioneer cemetery, he learns things are not what they seem.
It Only Cost Two Teeth
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,790. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A quirky newspaper columnist suspects an editor of being a spy. However, he learns the editor is far worse than that. This short story of 41 pages provides a humorous slant on a mystery and thriller.
The Ancestor
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A 16-page short story about conflict between modern laws and traditional Indian customs. A Pueblo policeman is tormented by the discovery of an ancestor's skull in a housing development being built over an ancient pueblo site.
The Woman With a Rain Pot
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,220. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
This is a short story. It is dedicated to the combat veterans of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. An Army veteran who sacrificed a leg for his country returns home to reclaim a position with the county sheriff. He is assigned to the cold case of the murder of an archaeology student who had been digging up old pots near New Mexico pueblos.
The Bullet That Saved Me
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,150. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
A Vietnam infantry veteran saved an enemy soldier's AK-47 bullet from the war. Whenever he holds it today, it takes him back 40-some years to 1969 when it was a dangerous time to be a young man in America.
Farewell to the Master
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,900. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The famous 1940 short story that inspired the movies "The Day the Earth Stood Still." The humanoid alien Klaatu and the giant robot Gnut suddenly materialize in Washington, D.C., in a time-travel spaceship. The murder of Klaatu ruins Earth’s attempt to peacefully welcome the first interstellar visitors. And one man tries to solve the mystery of why Gnut remains silent, imperious, and unassailable
Pueblo Mysteries
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,880. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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This is a collection of four short story mysteries involving the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico.

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