damn smart ranch management."
Dobson looked over at Usher
and his team standing
in the middle of
the baseball di
amond next to
he empty outdoor sw
imming pool. "What are they go
ing to be filming here?" he asked.
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"A country music concert," Kerney replied. "Free
to the first five hundred or so people
- who show up."
"Now, that I'll have to see," Dobson said, breaking
into a grin.
"Do you know Walt Shaw?" Kerney a
- sked. The
motor vehicle and background check he'd asked for
on Shaw had come back clean.
"Walt is as
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- solid as a rock," Dobson said. "He
showed up in the Bootheel about the same time I
- id. Grew up in Virden on the Gila River Valley near
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zona border. If
s a Mormon ranc introduces the course.
farming community. He once had kin living there,
but they've all passed away. He owns a house he inherited
that he uses as a getaway, mostly during hunting season. I spent a weekend with him up ther
e tracking mule deer bucks in the Big Burro
Mountains. Neither of us had a damn bit of luck."
Kerney had half a mind to ask Dobson about Mendoza, who worked as a part-time security guard at the smelter, but decided to leave that to Ray Bratton, the young Border Patrol agent who was scheduled to go undercover as a film-crew apprentice when shooting began. Instead, he talked about deer hunting with Dobson.
When Dobson finished reminisci
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y right, Virden was just a few miles east of Duncan, Arizona, where
Johnny had gone to check out the rodeo grounds for the film.
Earlier, Johnny had called from Duncan with the
news that the location was available and could be
rented for the film. To fit in a change to the scouting schedule, Charlie Zwick had arranged for the
caterer to pack sack lunches so
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the team could
while they traveled to the rodeo grounds, which
re about an hour away by car.
Kerney caught Usher's attention as he was leaving
the ball field and asked if he was needed for the
the day. In a hurry to move on to the
next shooting-s, International Association of Chiefs of Police
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thanked Kerney for his help, and said he would see
him when filming got under way.
In his truck, Kerney located Vi
- rden on a state
highway map. A secondary road that branched off
from the ma
to Duncan led strai
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the settlement along the Gila River Valley. He decided
to make a quick run past Mendoza's house to
see if the panel van was there, before moving on to
the Granite Pass Ranch and then to Virden.
At the house a man he took to
be Mendoza was
washing the Motor Transportation squad car in the
d into the
seat of the panel v
an parked at the curb. Kerney waved at the men and kept going, wondering who
the young man
was and wh