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David Edgerley Gates lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The author of the Placido Geist bounty hunter stories, a series of noir Westerns, he is a past Shamus and Edgar Award nominee for best short story. He recently completed BLACK TRAFFIC, a Cold War spy novel set in Berlin, and is at work on his next book, THE BONE HARVEST.
“Many of my characters seem to me to be accidental, or at least uncalculated. The old bounty hunter, for example, stepped into ‘The Undiscovered Country’ about fifteen pages in, without any warning. I had no idea he was waiting in the wings. Benny Salvador, on the other hand, was more deliberate, because he’s modeled in part on stories my friend David Salazar told me about his grandfather, who was a peace officer up in Rio Arriba county for many years.”
on Feb. 27, 2013 :
This is a well written book. Each story stands alone. The geographic and historical details are accurate. The stories capture early 20th century life in the southwest with a good mix of modern and old west technology. The protagonist is an older bounty hunter who has plenty of faults. I just recently reread the book.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)