Fore, Jan 2002, 25.95, 364 pp.
Chupadera County, New Mexico District Attorney Rick Garcia is running for governor with his only blemish on a squeaky clean record being his wife's suicide. Even when campaigning for public office, Will has always run a clean race, but state office may be too difficult to avoid the mudslinging. His campaign manager Ashley McCarver greatly cherishes Rick's honesty though she wonders if he is too naïve to win. However, his integrity turns Ashley's admiration of his character into much more and they soon become lovers.
However, Rick's past as an idealistic prosecutor may cause him more problems than just impeachment if he wins the governor's race. Rick successfully won a manslaughter case involving the deaths of children drinking water poisoned by a local mining operation. His former college football teammate Stanford Brown went to prison for the crime and vows revenge. Only politically savvy Ashley might save Rick's reputation from the scandal that Stanford has raised as a cornerstone of a terror campaign.
The late Norman Zollinger pays homage to himself and his fans with a tremendous final political thriller. The story line centers on a protagonist with strong ethics struggling against a tsunami of people whose value focuses on the bottom line end regardless of the means. Ashley is a heroine who is the key person with the lifeline that enables her “Don Quixote” to adhere to his principles even when he seems to be going under for the third time. Mr. Zollinger has been one of the better historical fiction authors of the past few decades and THE ROAD TO SANTA FE shows why.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner