Baron of the Sacramentos

Mike Blakely, Author M. Evans and Company $25 (0p) ISBN 978-0-87131-659-2
This hokey post-Civil War western traces the rise and fall of a callow cowboy. When first met in New Orleans, Bart Young is a law student prone to playing practical jokes, who has a yen for land that approaches obsession. He goes to New Mexico with a plan to buy up old Spanish land grants around Santa Fe from their Mexican holders. Once there, however, he falls in love with the daughter of powerful land-grant proprietor Antonio Montoya and in a few years is Montoya's right-hand man and son-in-law. After a lawyer swindles Montoya out of his land, Bart and Antonio concoct a scheme to rebuild their fortune by securing a rich grant that will allow them to become the self-styled barons of the Sacramentos. Melodramatic and unsurprising, Blakely's tale is diminished by both its grandiose tone and his sophomoric protagonist's reliance on tiresome gags and practical jokes. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
Genre: Nonfiction
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