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The Crossings

(2003)
A novel by

 
 
A brand new, never-before-published novella by Jack Ketchum! It's the Arizona Territory. The year, 1848. The year the Mexican War ended. Fate and blazing pistols have just thrown together reporter and part-time drunk Marion T. Bell and the very nearly legendary John Charles Hart, mustanger and scout, in the Little Fanny Saloon. Plying the river-trade across the Colorado to the gold fields of California in the north, and war-torn Mexico to the south, the town of Gable's Ferry has sprung up overnight -- lacking only a church, a schoolhouse and a jail. Though some would say that only the jail was needed. A rough place in a lawless era. About to become a hell of a lot more so one night when Hart, Bell and the easy-going giant Mother Knuckles stumble upon Elena, a fierce, young, badly wounded Mexican woman near the banks of the Colorado. She's naked. She's been bullwhipped, knifed and branded. And she tells them about the kidnap, rape and servitude she and her sister have endured at the hands of las hermanas de lupo, the deadly Valenzura Sisters and their henchman, the deserter Paddy Ryan, at the well-manned slave-camp across the river aptly called Garanta del Diablo -- Mouth of the Devil. It's just three hundred years since Cortez. Only three hundred years since the Old Gods of Mexico were in their full and fearsome flower. Tezcatlipoca, god of the moon and the night. Tlazolteotl, Eater of Filth. Xipe, Lord of the Flayed. Blood for rain. Blood for bounty. For many, like the Valenzura Sisters, they have never died. And Elena's sister's still there.



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Hardback Editions

June 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Crossings
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
ISBN: 1-58767-067-4 / 978-1-58767-067-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Pubns
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Paperback Editions

November 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Crossings
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
ISBN: 1-941408-88-5 / 978-1-941408-88-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crossroad Press
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February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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February 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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May 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Crossings
Author(s): Jack Ketchum
Publisher: Crossroad Press & Macabre Ink Digital
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