Santa Fe New Mexican


Who’s Who...who’s Here

Bestselling mystery novelist Michael McGarrity burst onto the literary scene in 1996 with his series involving Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney and his estranged son, half Mescalero Apache cop Clayton Istee. It’s a macho, cynical world with complex plots, taut prose and a shrewd shorthand for pinning locations. Take Ruidoso. It’s populated by middle-class Texans who moved there “looking for a less expensive Southwestern version of the Aspen lifestyle.” With 1993’s So Far from God, poet, novelist, essayist and playwright Ana Castillo took a place on the national stage, which she continues to hold, conveying her often-experimental perspective on Latina/Chicana/ Indigenous feminism and gender. Douglas Preston is the author of 37 bestselling fiction and nonfiction books, including The Monster of Florence, Cities of Gold and the Pendergast thriller series written in collaboration with Lincoln Child. Science, exploration, technology, history and adventure frequently figure in his work— fitting for the former editor for the American Museum of Natural History in NewYork, who has been living in Santa Fe since 1986. Compelling characters, plots that pull them through changes and a strong voice are the purview of Jo-Ann Mapson, whose women’s fiction never disappoints. Consider Finding Casey, in which the resident ghost in a 100-year-old Pueblo-style adobe observes, “Already she’s in love, and what I know of love is this: it can fill