JOHN M. REILLY won the Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America for his reference work Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers (1980). Before joining the faculty at Howard University, where he is a graduate professor of American literature, he taught at the State University of New York and served for six years as president of the 22,000-member faculty and professional union. He has written extensively on popular literature and detective fiction. For his critical work on African-American writing he received the MELUS award for distinguished study of multi-ethnic culture.
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Publication information: Book title: Tony Hillerman:A Critical Companion. Contributors: John M. Reilly - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 219.
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