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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0983605866, Paperback)Passion, power, politics & --intrigue on the frontier. A young attorney with a secret leaves the Civil War for the territories and is threatened by a bitter rivalry. At stake are the fortunes of land grant settlement and the destiny of New Mexico. An abolitionist in a slave state, Steve Elkins’ principle puts him at odds with local authority and general practice. Steve’s vision of what a territory must be to attain statehood sets a pattern for his personal goals. Patience, diplomacy, and skillful use of his legal expertise guide him. As the war ends, party identities re-form and tensions increase. Steve faces vicious attacks in his aggressive moves against slavery, robbery, assassination, murder, and cattle rustling. When Steve is faced with a personal crisis and a crucial election at once, can he strike a bargain with his wife, Sallie and his best friend, Tom? He struggles for a private life while the exertions of his public role erode his quest to achieve a business environment for New Mexico. Can Steve escape the clash between his allies for a railroad and the traditional fears, loyalties, and envy of native Mexicans?
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