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Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems
By Juan Felipe Herrera. University of Arizona Press. 310 pp. $24.95.

This vivid collection of powerful new and old poems represents noted Chicano writer Juan Felipe Herrera who soars on a range of topics, and reads on an audio CD in the back pocket.
Hand of Evil
By Jance J.A.. Touchstone Books. 384 pp. . $25.95.
Back in Sedona, Ali is grieving the end of her broadcasting career and marriage, but the world won't let her alone. In short order, a call from an old benefactor who gave her the college scholarship she needed, then a call from her good friend Dave, the Yavapai County sheriff's deputy who saved her in L.A., then a call from her father, and in no time she's juggling five balls in the air at once--and some of them lead to murder. Fans will enjoy this third novel in the new series by the prolific Jance, who herself is now simultaneously writing three popular fiction series. []

In this third novel in Jance's new series, Alison Reynolds' grieving time is beset by, not one, but a whole series of crises at once--and some of them are murder.
Hard Trail to Follow
By Elmer Kelton. Forge. 288 pp. . $24.95.
It is hard to believe that each Kelton novel is better than the one before. This Texan, with more than 50 novels under his Stetson has given us another good story. Andy Pickard, Texas Ranger, has some exciting adventures as he follows the trail of the outlaw who killed his friend, Sheriff Blessing. As can be expected, Kelton is a master at creating believable characters and an unexpected finale. []

The seventh installment in Kelton's Texas Rangers series featuring former Texas Ranger Andy Pickard, who has left is fiancee's Texas farm in pursuit of the killer of his friend, Sheriff Tom Blessing.
Heads and Horns: A Southwest Novel
By Dexter K. Oliver. Bandit Press. 242 pp. $16.00.
A Gahan Wilson graveyard cartoon in New Yorker jokes that here lies So-and-So; “He never got around to writing that novel.” That will not be Dexter Oliver’s tombstone, for he now has three Southwest novels to his credit. In his latest, Heads and Horns, we find a lone-wolf martial artist, Slate Garrett, and Pelón, a horny newspaperman who doubles as detective, searching for a woman missing on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. Lively characters march to their own drumbeats in Tucson, with sufficient tangled relationships and mind games for all. Can you find her? []

High Stakes at San Xavier
By Rebecca Cramer. Imago Press. 206 pp. $14.00.

Hiking Alone: Trails Out, Trails Home
By Mary Beath. University of New Mexico Press. 368 pp. . $19.95.
Beath, a writer/artist living in NY fell in love with the SW when she flew to Tucson frequently (20+ years ago) to hike, paint, maintain a “diary”, and spend time with a man (who is still a friend but no longer an intimate part of her life). As she recounts it here moving permanently to Albuquerque she hikes and works and now, using her ongoing account to recreate, she tells us of things as diverse as a vision quest and an archaeological project on the Navajo Reservation. Curiously the latter has its own footnotes and bibliography as if it were being submitted to a journal for publication as an article. []

Historic Native Peoples of Texas
By William C. Foster. University of Texas Press. 346 pp. Index. . $29.95.
Since the goal of historic Texas was to eliminate all Native people from its soil, and the state pretty well succeeded, this volume is most welcome. A result of prodigious research, the author has assembled an account of hundreds of tribes that occupied eight geographic regions over mainland Texas between 1528 and 1722. He has used translations from expedition diaries beginning with Cabeza de Vaca. A map accompanies each region or study area showing the location of the various tribes. Two appendices add further value: the first lists some 20 animals reported by both Spanish and French expeditions; the second includes 40 wild and domesticated plants to 1722. The book will be welcomed by teachers, anthropologists historians, and scholars. []

Hohokam Millennium, The
By Paul R. Fish, Suzanne K. Fish. School for Advanced Research Press. 154 pp. . $24.95.
Top Pick
This book is a laudable effort to share what is known about the people who dominated central Arizona from about A.D. 450-1450 in what is called the Hohokam Millennium. These were the famed canal builders of the Salt River Valley, who at one time irrigated 70,000 acres. This volume assembles the experts to share the latest archaeological findings and to put that culture into modern perspective. The excellent photos and extensive maps breathe life into people who are now gone--- or are they? Some believe that modern tribes are their descendants, making the culture that much richer. It’s a beautiful book with stimulating reading. And the shadow of the collapsed irrigation technology looms like a vulture over modern cities and farms--- if drought and depletion could happen to the grandest ancient farmers of the Southwest, could it happen to us? []
What happened to the prehistoric Hohokam? Evidence of a flourising and rich culture is still apparent in the Salt River Valley: hundreds of miles of canals that furnished life-saving water for nourishing lives and farms; remains of platform mounds; ball courts; shell jewellry; and pottery featuring the unforgettable Kokopelli. A number of anthropologists/archaeologists have contributed expert analyses of every aspect of the culture also suggesting that the modern Pimans are their descendants. Added to the understanding of the Hohokam cultural tradition are fine color and black and white photographs accompanied by numerous sketches. In addition to scholars and students, this is one book that a general public will enjoy. []

Honorable Intentions
By Donna MacQuigg. Five Star. 301 pp. . $29.95.

In this historical western romance, Lydia Randolph, future Duchess of Wiltshire, leaves the safety of the world she has always known, as she falls in love with a wanted man.
Hoodoo
By Susan Cummins Miller. Texas Tech University Press. 280 pp. . $24.95.
In her fourth outing (remember Detachment Fault, Quarry and Death Assemblage?) Francesca “Frankie” McFarland, now teaching geology at a Tucson university, takes a small group of students on a field trip into Cochise County and the Chiricahua Mountains. When they discover a body, obviously murdered and arranged in a ritual-like position, Frankie is drawn into an effort to find the murderer and protect herself and her life-long friend Joaquin. Lots of local color around the small communities of Portal and Paradise as well as virtual geology lessons concerning the rocks and landscape of Southern Arizona. []

Horses that Buck: the Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith
By Margot Kahn. University of Oklahoma Press. 194 pp. Index. . $24.95.
A good biography about a champion bronc rider and western rodeos. The only southwest in the story is one line about a rodeo in Tucson. []

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