This is an anthology of 13 Western stories edited by Bill Pronzini and Martin Greenberg. All stories take place in various locations around Arizona. IThis is an anthology of 13 Western stories edited by Bill Pronzini and Martin Greenberg. All stories take place in various locations around Arizona. It was published in 1989 by Fawcett. It is most likely out of print. I picked this up at a used bookstore, I'm sure, though I can't remember which one.
The anthology contains the following stories. All are reprints except for the Estleman entry.
All the stories are enjoyable. There wasn't a dud in the bunch. Some are better than others, of course, but all are excellent. The editors did a fine job of selecting stories.
The Tonto Woman by Elmore Leonard The Angel of Santa Sofia by Loren D. Estleman The Hunting of Tom Horn b Clay Fisher One Night in the Red Dog Saloon by Hal G. Evarts Buried Treasure by Stewart Edward White Two-Gun Farewell by C.S. Park Black Horses by Jay Lucas Way of the Law in Calico by John Prescott Specimen Jones by Owen Wister The Tombstone Hearse by Edward D. Hoch The Toll at Yeager's Ferry by Brian Garfield Decision by Bill Pronzini The Code of Arizona by W.C. Tuttle...more
This is a nice little mystery, with all the predictable mystery elements. Nothing groundbreaking but entertaining, with a likable protagonist. I did eThis is a nice little mystery, with all the predictable mystery elements. Nothing groundbreaking but entertaining, with a likable protagonist. I did enjoy the Arizona setting, since I live here.
On a side note, I bought this book in 2002 from the author herself, who was also kind enough to autograph it. I met her at a book festival in Phoenix, and she couldn't have been nicer. ...more
This was a decent murder mystery with a bit of a thriller element. It starts off a little slow, but picks up as Laura Cardinal meets more characters aThis was a decent murder mystery with a bit of a thriller element. It starts off a little slow, but picks up as Laura Cardinal meets more characters and suspects. I'm not much into mysteries, but I bought this because the author is a fellow Arizona resident and the setting is in Arizona, primarily the small mountain town of Williams. The author throws in enough details that it's clear she knows her setting, which is always nice. I've read some novels in which an author clearly didn't know the setting, and that's really annoying.
My main complaint, which prevented the novel from getting 4 stars, is that the protagonist plays only a small role in the pivotal events of the novel's climax. She's more of a spectator than an actor, which weakened the excitement.
The mystery itself is pretty interesting and the inevitable twist at the end is okay, but what makes the novel stand out for me is the depth of character. The secondary characters are all three-dimensional and fully reazlied, which makes them and the novel that much more interesting. ...more
If you haven’t seen an issue of Arizona Highways, you’re really missing something. It’s the premier magazine in the state, produced by the Arizona DepIf you haven’t seen an issue of Arizona Highways, you’re really missing something. It’s the premier magazine in the state, produced by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Yes, a government agency. It’s amazing that a state bureaucracy can produce such a fine magazine, but it’s the truth. If you don’t live here, and you want to see, experience and read about Arizona (which I highly recommend), subscribe. You won’t be disappointed.
Anyway, Arizona Highways also publishes books, mainly travel guides and some historical topics, including Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps . Philip Varney relates the history behind famous ghost towns like Jerome and Tombstone, which are very much alive, and not-so-famous ghost towns like Ruby, Swansea and Oatman. He also offers contemporary information – existing buildings, directions to and from, etc. – for those who wish to explore these wonderful places. The best feature of the book: The photos, both of what the town looks like now, barren and crumbling, and how it appeared in its heyday, vibrant, active, and crowded.
It’s long been one of my goals in life to spend the night in a ghost town. It would be great fun, I think, but my wife doesn’t agree, so I don’t know if it will ever happen. I could go by myself, but that may be a mite too spooky, even for me. Besides, camping by yourself isn’t safe. Right?...more