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Old West brothel worker searches for love, and a life worth living in Denver’s early days

In Randi Samuelson-Brown's historical novel, "The Beaten Territory," pretty, young Pearl struggles to find her place between a past that haunts her and the cold realities of her job

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The legacy of Colorado’s historic abandoned mines includes new, and critical, habitat for opportunistic bats

In "Gold!" the author journeys to an old mining spot in the Sangre de Cristos to witness the creatures' massive nightly exodus

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Scarred by war, a young woman comes home to Denver to find her life an ashen void

The anthology "Blood Business" tracks the underbelly of human nature through "the muck of our lesser angels" in 27 crime stories -- including this one of embezzlement, murder and despair

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A woman braves the adrenaline-charged chaos — and danger — of the Oklahoma land rush

In "Rush," author Jayme Mansfield draws on family history to inform this painstakingly researched volume of historical fiction

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An adrenaline-pumping getaway attempt introduces a wounded, desperate man, and raises a million questions

Author John A. Daly's thriller begins with a heart-pounding chase that launches us into the backstory of protagonist Sean Coleman

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A double-murder in a nightmarish Garden of Eden challenges an undersheriff in over her head

Charlotte Hinger's chilling mystery features plenty of suspense but also an unexpected star -- a boy's sadly touching diary entries

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Tracking the Colorado River explains why it never quite makes it to the Sea of Cortez

In "Where the Water Goes," the author takes us on a tour from the river's headwaters to where it ends, in a sandy desert well short of its destination

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A dying boy triggers competing instincts of honor and morality amid conflict in a fantasy world

In author Laura Reeve's "Souls for the Phrenii," protagonist Draius answers one moral conundrum while creating another for her comrade

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Excerpt: How museum collectors exploited Zuni poverty and damaged a civilization

In "Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits," author Chip Colwell explores the historical lust for artifacts and the fight to reclaim Native American culture