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DAVID M. JESSUP. Mariano's Crossing

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DAVID M. JESSUP. Mariano’s Crossing. Pronghorn Press. 383 pages; trade paperback $22.95; pronghornpress.org.

Based on real people and historic events in post-gold rush Colorado, Mariano’s Crossing relates the mesmerizing struggle between Mariano Medina, former mountain man and friend of Kit Carson, his Indian wife, Takánsy, and young John Alexander, the son of a hardscrabble sawmill owner, over the future of the Medinas’ fifteen-year old daughter, Lena.  Their tug of war soon spirals out of control as secrets past and present propel them toward their final, haunting encounter.