Walter Satterthwait

New Mexico

New Mexico (Photo credit: alasam)

Dead Horse by Walter Satterthwait is about a real-life mystery,  set on the Dead Horse Ranch near Las Vegas, New Mexico. It is a slender volume, 180 pages, in which Satterthwait attempts to determine if a ruled suicide from the 1930s was actually murder or something else. I am not going to spoil the story by letting the cat out of the bag. Satterthwait is a favorite mystery writer who sets most of his stories in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his hero being  detective Joshua Crofts. He has also written a trilogy set in Europe involving a male and female FBI agent. Miss Lizzie is his version of the Lizzie Borden story. If you haven’t discovered Walter Satterthwait yet, this is a good book to start with.  I found my copy at a reasonable price, used on Amazon.

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The Guard

The Garda Trafic Corps in Dublin

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Yesterday evening, my wife and I went to see The Guard, a gem of a movie set on the west coast of Ireland. My wife is of Irish extraction and had visited the area while I had not. Connemara faces the Atlantic on the same latitude north as Dublin. The title in English, The Guard, refers to Garda Síochána na hÉireann, Guard of the Peace of Ireland, the Irish Police.

A sergeant in the Garda, Gerry Boyle, investigates a murder and tries to stop international drug smugglers from landing a multi-million dollar shipment of cocaine along the coast. He is aided by an American FBI officer. The two play off each other masterfully.

The movie has abundant violence and salty language; it is not suitable for children. It is suitable for thinking adults who appreciate a movie with heart and an attitude and no car chases or special effects. The movie is not yet available on DVD. Catch it at a local theater if you can. You’ll be glad you did.