“Burns has a gravelly voice that perfectly depicts Latham and the mostly rough-edged characters he encounters. He increases his pace at the dangerous interludes and invokes a well-earned respect for the beautiful but dangerous western landscape. With reference to a broken tape and Latham’s occasional off-mic comments, Burns effectively sets up the interview premise. This unusual frame makes a fairly traditional western seem fresh and authentic.” —Booklist (audio review)
J. T. Latham is rotting in prison in the Yuma Territory penitentiary. But then Sheriff Del Buchman offers to commute his sentence if Latham helps execute a prisoner exchange with some dangerous banditos. The only catch is that he must guide the sheriff through the deadly Sonoran Desert.
The story was adapted from surviving transcripts of the American Legends Collection, which were written in 1936 as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration.
Michael Zimmer, an American history enthusiast from a very early age, has done extensive research on the Old West. In addition to perusing firsthand accounts from the period, Zimmer is also a firm believer in field interpretation. He’s made it a point to master many of the skills used by our forefathers: he can start a campfire with flint and steel, and he can gather, prepare, and survive on natural foods found in the wilderness. Zimmer lives in Utah with his wife, Vanessa, and two dogs.