The book was ok. Not great but ok. Gave it three stars. Interesting to me because I live in the area and remember when it was happening, but didn't follow it closely enough to get the whole picture.
Took off a star for the mistakes the author made in regard to firearms. The introduction to the book is this grandiose treatise on the West and the spirit of the land and the people - pretty heady stuff for a book about a murder and manhunt. But he sort of pulls it off and you feel like maybe you're embarking on a cool journey into the heart and soul of the desert southwest and the iconoclastic people that live here. And then he starts throwing around words like 'fully automatic' weapons and 'assault rifle' and such. That's a red flag. Hundreds of pounds of high explosives. Hmm. No real background on how the bad guys got all that stuff. Full auto firearms require a special kind of 'permit'. Without going into detail, I'll just say that they are beyond the reach of all but some very wealthy individuls. Of course you can convert but that is illegal and would immediately land you in jail on felony firearms charges if you were caught even possessing such. And high explosives - hundreds of pounds - where did they get their hands on this? Seems like a pretty important side to the whole story that is never addressed.
And then there is the famous .233 caliber. I gots to gets me one o dem fer sure. Seriously though, any time you write about something particular that people are into, you've got to check for accuracy. Enthusiasts of any hobby or sport will call you on your BS. And gun nuts are really into accuracy when you talk about their favorite toys. Check your work Dan.
An otherwise OK book ruined by laziness on the part of the author.