Arizona Sheriffs Jane Eppinga, Rio Nuevo Publishers, $16.95, Softcover; 800-969-9558.

arizonasheriffsA nice, compact history of the Arizona lawmen who attempted law and order, and sometimes succeeded, taking us from the territorial era to the present.

Lawmen such as controversial Cochise County Sheriff Johnny Behan (1881-1882) to present-day Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio all confronted violence, death and destruction. The cover features Commodore Perry Owens, elected Apache County sheriff in 1886, whose shoot-out during the Pleasant Valley War made him a legend. Spanning over a hundred years of Wild West justice, the research is solid while the history is as true as the colorful Arizona West was, and still is. —Linda Wommack

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