From the Pulitzer Prize finalist, "the single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. border policy" (The Atlantic). In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the "Devil's Highway." Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them. The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a "book of the year" in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic.
Set in 1811 against the dramatic backdrop of the dangerous Natchez Trace, this exciting historical novel tells the story of fourteen-year-old Zeb and eleven-year-old Hannah who team up to make their way safely down the trail from Franklin, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi. Zeb, who does not believe the story he hears that his grandfather was killed by thieves along the trail, is determined to find him. Hannah, who miraculously escaped from the treacherous Mason gang, hopes to be reunited with both her Choctaw Indian friends and her family. When the two daring young adventurers reach the Choctaw village, Zeb is befriended by the Indians and is rewarded for his bravery through initiation into the tribe. Reuniting Hannah with her family is only half of Zeb's goal. Can he find his grandfather? Is he even still alive? As the children narrowly escape life-threatening situations along their journey, Zeb and Hannah learn to value each other's survival skills, courage, and determination.
Revenge turns deadly after a cocaine shipment hidden inside a load of Corvettes disappears . . . Super salesman Lucky Sullivan and Lt. Frank Brooks with the NH State Police play a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Things really heat up when Lucky gets fired from City Corvette for seducing a lawyers wife into buying the whole package. After a high-speed chase turns deadly, the old man and his associates, the Northern Kings, up the ante on Luckys head. Guns are drawn and bodies fly while ten cherry Corvettes come missing in the middle of the night Lieutenant Brooks turns up the heat trying to figure out what Lucky knows about the old mans operations. Without his help, he cant build a case. Nothing can stop Lucky from protecting his daughter, two thousand miles away. The race is on, down at Devils Highway.
The second novel in the gripping Georgian mystery series chronicling the adventures of Robert Fairfax. A must-read for fans of historical crime fiction. It's 1761. Travelling up to the country home of his new employer, Robert Fairfax is aware that this lonely stretch of road is the haunt of a notorious highwayman. But nothing can prepare him for the shocking discovery of the Stamford to London stagecoach, tipped into a ditch. The driver has been shot through the head and the two passengers are dead. Investigating at the behest of his employer, the local JP, Fairfax soon suspects that this is more than a simple highway robbery. Fairfax must piece together his most baffling puzzle yet - knowing that a ruthless killer will stop at nothing to prevent him...
On his first snake hunting trip to southeastern Arizona, the author was taunted and belittled by the owner of a small cafe because he expressed a fear of insects. The author extracted revenge by releasing a large rattlesnake in the crowded eatery. That's where the fun begins in this humorous accounting of the true-life trials and tribulations of two unlikely friends, Richard Lapidus and Buz Lunsford, as they traveled hundreds of miles each summer to spend a few days and nights hunting for snakes, and found themselves in the middle of situations (sometimes dangerous--always funny), mainly around the Chiricahua National Monument and Highway 666. More than snakes were encountered on the summer trips, however; and, through humorous short stories, other desert creatures are discussed, including bats, arachnids, lizards, frogs, toads, turtles, birds, skunks, insects, spiders, rabbits, coatimundis, rangers, law enforcement officials and other unusual two and four-legged critters. As Master of Ceremonies of the Warren Earp Days and Western Book Exposition in 2002, Richard Lapidus stood before the large group and told the story of his first snake hunting trip to that very city of Willcox, Arizona. There was so much laughter and good cheer that Richard was overwhelmed. He later dusted off his notes, and with the assistance of many people, assembled the stories in this collection."
The Devil’s Highway—El Camino del Diablo—crosses hundreds of miles and thousands of years of Arizona and Southwest history. This heritage trail follows a torturous route along the U.S. Mexico border through a lonely landscape of cactus, desert flats, drifting sand dunes, ancient lava flows, and searing summer heat. The most famous waterhole along the way is Tinajas Altas, or High Tanks, a series of natural rock basins that are among the few reliable sources of water in this notoriously parched region. Now an expert cast of authors describes, narrates, and explains the human and natural history of this special place in a thorough and readable account. Addressing the latest archaeological and historical findings, they reveal why Tinajas Altas was so important and how it related to other waterholes in the arid borderlands. Readers can feel like pioneers, following in the footsteps of early Native Americans, Spanish priests and soldiers, gold seekers and borderland explorers, tourists, and scholars. Combining authoritative writing with a rich array of more than 180 illustrations and maps as well as detailed appendixes providing up-to-date information on the wildlife and plants that live in the area, Last Water on the Devil’s Highway allows readers to uncover the secrets of this fascinating place, revealing why it still attracts intrepid tourists and campers today.
Close Calls is first a book of people profiles of Texans rich and poor, famous and downtrodden. Reid provides details of his various assignments and the people and places he has encountered while working for Texas Monthly and other publications going on beats with Texas police officers, attending church with George Foreman in New York, and meeting Kickapoo Indians in the Sierra Madres.