Doug Hocking grew up on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in the Rio Arriba (Northern New Mexico). He attended reservation schools, Ivy League prep school, and graduated from high school in Santa Cruz, New Mexico, in the Penitente heartland among paisonos and Indios. Doug enlisted in Army Intelligence out of high school and worked in Taiwan, Thailand and at the Pentagon. Returning home he studied Social Anthropology (Ethnography) and then returned to the Army as an Armored Cavalry officer (scout) completing his career by instructing Military Intelligence lieutenants in intelligence analysis and the art of war. He has earned a master’s degree with honors in American History and completed field school in Historical Archaeology. Since retiring he has worked with allied officers and taught at Cochise College. He is now an independent scholar residing in southern Arizona near Tombstone with his wife, dogs, a feral cat and a friendly coyote. He began writing a few years ago and has published in Wild West, Buckskin Bulletin and Roundup Magazine. His photographs have appeared in the Arizona Republic, Tucson Star and Sacramento Bee as well as in numerous magazines. His short story “Marshal of Arizona” appears in La Frontera’s Outlaws and Lawmen anthology and a second, “The Bounty,” will appear in Dead or Alive in June 2013. His serialized novel, Devil on the Loose, is currently running in the Tombstone Times.
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Marshal of Arizona
By Doug Hocking
Published: April 15, 2013.
Arizona in the 1850s was without law and order, a refuge for outlaws and men on the run. The judge was 600 miles away in Santa Fe and taking evil-doers to court a matter of impracticality. Tubac needs a lawman but he'd have no official status, no jail and no court to support him. He'd have to intimidate banditos into leaving his town alone. What could go wrong with that?
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