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MICHAEL ZIMMER. Rio Tinto

Rio TintoMICHAEL ZIMMER. Rio Tinto. Five Star. Hardcover, $25.95, www.gale.cengage.com/fivestar/.

The “American Legends Collection” is a fictional series based on a supposedly lost and recently recovered WPA-era folklore project. The books are organized as first-person oral history accounts interspersed with explanatory material gleaned from other sources, also fictional but often historical. Throughout Michael Zimmer’s second novel in the series, Wil Chama relates his involvement in a bloody conflict over salt deposits near the Rio Grande in Texas in 1880, with overtones of racism, greed and lust for power.