Southwest Books of the Year
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- Walk Around the Horizon, A: Discovering New Mexico's Mountains of the Four Directions
- By Tom Harmer. University of New Mexico Press . 216 pp. $24.95.
- When the Devil Doesn't Show
- By Christine Barber. Minotaur Books. 288 pp. $24.99.
- Barber packs a lot of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico scenery and history into this murder mystery. Three men are dead, killed before their house was torched, and Detective Gil Montoya follows leads to that still top-secret place, the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mystery fans who like a regional flavor will be delighted with this one. [ ]
- The sights, sounds, smells, and taste of northern New Mexico flavor this crisp police procedural set during the festivities leading up to Christmas. When three bound and mutilated bodies turn up in a house fire, Santa Fe police detective Gil Montoya at first suspects a hate crime until the evidence leads him to Los Alamos National Laboratory and something more sinister. A cast of likeable characters and Barber's obvious love of native and Hispanic history and folklore make for an enjoyable read. [ ]
- Where They Bury You
- By Steven W. Kohlhagen. Sunstone Press. 344 pp. $32.95 hardcover; 24.95 paperback.
- The Civil War in the Southwest, Kit Carson's Navajo Campaign, and the mysterious death of Maj. Joseph Cummings provide the charged backdrop for this fast-paced novel of fraud and murder on the turbulent western frontier. Kohlhagen knows his history and concocts a plausible story about a gang of con artists, tied to Arizona politician and mine owner Sylvester Mowry, who infiltrate the Union high command during the Confederate invasion of New Mexico and Arizona. A reader's guide poses discussion points for better understanding historical issues and their relation to the fictional world he has created. [ ]
- Kohlhagen has touched many of the bases that connect Arizona to the Civil War in this page-turner of a novel. And although it is his first published long fiction, he demonstrates remarkable skill with both description and dialog, letting the latter tell most of the story as the words come from Kit Carson, Major General Edward Canby and even Apache leader Cochise when they speak for themselves. [ ]
- Winter of the Metal People: The Untold Story of America's First Indian War
- By Dennis Herrick. Sunbury Press. 244 pp. $16.95.
- A fictionalized retelling of the Coronado expedition into the Southwest. [ ]
- Wraiths of the Broken Land
- By S. Craig Zahler. Raw Dog Screaming Press. 256 pp. $14.95.
- The setting: the southern border of frontier-era New Mexico. The storyline: a small group of tough men sets out to find two stolen girls. The descriptions: brutal, with graphic violence. Zahlerís background includes work as a cinematographer and this book, with characters sporting names like Patch Up and Deep Lakes, seems to be aimed at becoming the basis for a movie script. This tale is for readers with a taste for blood and guts.
- Wrath of Cochise, The: The Bascom Affair and the Origins of the Apache Wars
- By Terry Mort. Pegasus Books. 322 pp. Index. $27.95.
- Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life
- By Andrew Isenberg. Hill and Wang. 320 pp. Index. $30.00.
- Isenberg, a history professor at Temple University, brings a facile pen and a scholar's critical sensibility to this portrait of the iconic western lawman as frontier rounder with a keen eye for the main chance and a boundless talent for reinvention. What separates this book from the thundering herd of Earp biographies is Isenberg's ability to frame his subject within the context of nineteenth-century notions of honor, masculinity, class, social mobility, and emerging media culture. [ ]