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Benke, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0826331947 / ISBN 13: 9780826331946
Published by University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A., 2004
Condition: Very Fine Hardcover
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A 280 page debut thriller set in southwestern New Mexico. SIGNED by the author on the title page. First edition, first printing. New and unread. Dust jacket is enclosed in a clear mylar cover. Book will be carefully packed and shipped in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 14196

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Publisher: University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Set in the border area between southwestern New Mexico and northern Mexico, The Ghost Ocean is a story of modern-day crime and violence. While tracking a wolf killer, Bureau of Land Management ranger Will Mann is startled by gunfire and then he finds the body of a twelve-year-old girl.

In the remote Gila Wilderness, violence is a way of life. The area is home to conflicting groups, including ranchers and environmentalists; drug runners, people smugglers, and law enforcement officials. During the investigation of the young girl's death, every group is suspect.

"The ghost ocean of the title covers the ancient sea beds that were once southwestern New Mexico. Found here are portraits drawn in words, with sentences so wonderfully trim and precise that Hemingway himself would have admired them. [Richard] Benke has perfectly balanced both sides of the border and both sides of the ecological war by revealing all its human participants simply as human beings, slowly, agonizingly coming together. The book is a murder mystery. It is an earth mystery, and we must read to the end to see if either can be solved."--Max Evans, author of Madam Millie and The Rounders

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Set in the border area between southwestern New Mexico and northern Mexico, The Ghost Ocean is a story of modern-day crime and violence.

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