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Days are Gods, The
By Liz Stephens. University of Nebraska Press. 216 pp. $18.95.

Dead Run: The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the Modern American West
By Dan Schultz. St. Martin's Press. 320 pp. $25.99.
A veteran crime reporter recounts, in armchair-gripping detail, the 1998 ambush of a Cortez, Colorado, police officer and the subsequent manhunt that launched more than 500 lawmen on a confused, futile search in the Four Corners canyonlands for three camouflage-clad killers. Schultz's skillful use of interviews and investigative documents provides disturbing insight into the terrorist mindset of the assassins and their possible motives, as well as chilling portraits of the militia movement and radical environmentalism as the bastard stepchildren of the Wild West's anti-establishment outlaw tradition. []

Dineji Na nitin
By Robert S. McPherson. University Press of Colorado. 287 pp. Index. $24.95.

Disciple of Las Vegas, The
By Ian Hamilton. Picador. 340 pp. $25.00.
Ava Lee is an accountant, a “money person” with the skills of a tough private investigator and the physical prowess of a champion of the martial arts. When 50 million dollars go missing from a client’s account she begins to follow the money in a globe-trotting chase that will satisfy readers who like their page-turners to give them non-stop action. []

Dragoons in Apacheland: Conquest and Resistance in Southern New Mexico, 1846-1861
By William S. Kiser. University of Oklahoma Press. 376 pp. Index. $29.95.
In a splendid example of the "new" western military history, Kiser chronicles Anglo-Native warfare in southern New Mexico through the prism of conflicting cultures. Unable and/or unwilling to understand Apache lifeways, a succession of political and military commanders stumbled through a morass of bureaucratic pitfalls as they attempted to subdue bands of native resistors whose actions and motivations rarely conformed to their would-be conquerors' preconceptions. As a result, Kiser shows, the military situation was worse in 1861 than when the U.S. Army occupied New Mexico in 1846. In hindsight, the inability to bridge cultures and politics represents a tragic failure of American Indian policy and military strategy. []

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