Ghost Ocean: A Novel (Paperback)Richard Benke (author)
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Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 388 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 17 mm
." . .well researched and precisely written."
"Southwest author Tony Hillerman comes to mind when reading Benke's book."
""The Ghost Ocean" is, above all, a good and rewarding mystery. The plot is so rich in potential culprits that deducing the murderer provides a challenge for even the keenest mind."
"There are enough powerful scenes, enough vivid atmosphere, in "The Ghost Ocean" to make southern New Mexico boil to life. This is a high-minded novel in which many parts. . are exquisite."
." . . Evocative debut mystery novel. . . . unobstrusive but vivid description and convincing dialogue, both of which complement the severity of the land and the people who have learned the hard lessons in toughing it out there."
"This is a gripping story that you can't put down until you finish."
"This is the best novel about this part of the West and its border with Mexico since Corman McCarthy's 'All the Pretty Horses.'"
""The Ghost Ocean," by Richard Benke, is a dark, complex mystery about the war between environmentalists and ranchers, drug runners and people-smugglers and the law."
"A well-told story with so many plot twists that I was actually suprised at the end as to who had really done it. It's an excellent story, made all the more impressive by the fact that it is Benke's first novel."
"Reading "The Ghost Ocean" gave me the same sense of excitement and recognition that Michael McGarrity's "Tulsarosa" did years back. . . . Benke obviously has a long, heartfelt relationship with the land of Southern New Mexico, and if this finely crafted debut is any indication he's at the threshold of a long, successful career."
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