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by Michael Kilian
Berkley, January 2003
304 pages
ISBN: 0425188299

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To determine the strength of the Confederacy in the West, Harrison Raines, US Secret Agent, is sent to the New Mexico territories. Accompanying him is Joseph"Boston" Leahy, former police detective from Boston.

They are unaccustomed to the land, the climate, the people and their customs. The fight over the land between the Mexicans and the gringos escalates, and when one of the Mexicans who is Raine's informant is found killed, suspicion centers on Leahy who is arrested.

It is now Raine's task to find the reasons behind the killing in order to exonerate Leahy. Complicating the situation is the arrival of the Union army which succeeds in defeating the Confederate forces.

The book is rich in atmosphere, successfully evoking the place and people of the time. The plot is well-constructed;based on events previously untouched by historians thus capturing the interest of the reader. The characters are presented as real people with human frailties and desires.

Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer, December 2002

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