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SHELDON RUSSELL. The Dig: In Search of Coronado’s Treasure

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SHELDON RUSSELL. The Dig: In Search of Coronado’s Treasure. University of Oklahoma. Trade paperback, 246 pages, $16.95, www.oupress.com.

In this good yarn, part mystery, part historical fiction, narrative threads of past and present intertwine. Archaeology graduate student Jim Hunt has arrived in Lyons, Kansas to gain fieldwork experience his vita lacks. Enough mystery, romance and danger ensue to attract more readers than only fans of Western fiction. The historical narrative portrays Coronado’s journey to the point where he abandons his quest for the “Seven Cities of Gold.”