THOMAS D. CLAGETT. The Pursuit of Murieta

PursuitOfMurietaTHOMAS D. CLAGETT. The Pursuit of Murieta. Five Star  Publishing. Hardcover, 240 pages, $25.95, www.gale.cengage.com/fivestar.

A long list of real-life characters, actual incidents and events from history are dramatized to tell the story (or a story) of the bandit Joaquin Murieta who terrorized California during the Gold Rush years as gringos overran a tranquil country long occupied by Californios of Spanish and Mexican descent. Joaquin – or many Joaquins – resisted with robbery and murder. The reality of Murieta is shrouded in mystery and may never be known.