Multiple plot lines twist and intertwine throughout Crossers. The central protagonist, Gil Castle, is healing from his wife's death by creating a new life for himself on the family homestead. Author Philip Caputo contrasts the thoughtful Gil with his cousin Blaine Erskine, a lifelong rancher who seems to channel the Old West of a bygone era. Their ranch on the Mexican border is a thoroughfare for drug runners and illegal aliens, and in protecting his property Erskine runs afoul of one of the major drug lords (who is simultaneously involved in a bloody turf war with another kingpin). Throw in historical transcripts relating the life and times of Erskine's grandfather, Ben, as well as discussions of 9/11, terrorism, and the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and you've got one excessively complicated book. In the hands of a lesser novelist, the complexity could be confusing, with too ...
Crossers is set in part near the small hamlet of Patagonia (population 881 including Philip Caputo who has a home there) which is about 20 miles from the Arizona-Mexico border. The photo above is taken from the combined website of Patagonia and neighboring Sonoita and Elgin.
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