His publisher hoped he'd find the Lost Dutchman mine -- and that would have been a sensation, otherwise why write (or read...

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THE TREASURE OF THE SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS

His publisher hoped he'd find the Lost Dutchman mine -- and that would have been a sensation, otherwise why write (or read or publish) yet another book on these Arizona mountains which without one honest to God buried treasure are no more and no less interesting than any others. So a pan of fool's gold: a rehash of the legend of the Mexican Peraltas who in 1847 made a last foray into the Superstitions to carry out their ore before the ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo; Adolph Ruth, a retired civil servant who in 1931 went searching for the Peralta mine and wasn't heard of again until his headless skeleton was found; Jacob Waltz, the ""Lost Dutchman"" (actually a German) whose strike prospectors have been trying to locate since his death in 1891; and all the other crazies who risk their lives because of that indefinable malady called gold fever. But there's more glitter on any one page of B. Traven's The Treasure of Sierra Madre -- or even in Curt Gentry's Lost Dutchman The Killer Mountains (1968), which Jennings possibly from competitive pique dismisses.

Pub Date: Jan. 28, 1973

ISBN: 0393336107

Page Count: -

Publisher: Norton

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1973