What Men Call Treasure: The Search for Gold at Victorio Peak

By David Schweidel, Robert Boswell

Hardcover: $25.95


In 1937, Doc Noss--part-adventurer, part-conman--and his wife Babe discovered fabulous treasure inside the caverns of New Mexico's Victorio Peak. They dynamited the tunnel to hide the treasure from other treasure hunters. At least that's what they said happened. Babe's grandson Terry Delonas grew up listening to his grandmother's magical stories about her dead husband and Victorio Peak. Her stories were his legacy. In the 1980s, Terry, a gay man, tested positive for HIV. He decided that searching for Victorio's lost treasure was the only dream that would give his life meaning. With his grandmother's grit and her gift for talking her way through tough places, he found money and support to follow his dream and overcome many obstacles--bad weather, broken equipment, the army, Congress, and other fortune hunters. But Victorio Peak, that inscrutable and mysterious mountain, would not give up its treasure.

About the Creators

Thumb_preview David Schweidel - Author

David Schweidel grew up in El Paso, Texas, three miles from the Mexican border. He remembers feeling like an anthropologist long before he knew what an anthropologist was. His first novel, Confidence of the Heart, won the Milkwood National Fiction Prize in 1995. Currently, he lives in Berkeley with his wife Linda and works at the University of California. Robert Boswell is normally a fiction writer. He is the author of seven books, most recently Century's Son reprinted by Picador in 2003. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, and many other magazines. He shares the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with his wife, writer Antonya Nelson.

Thumb_preview Robert Boswell - Author

Robert Boswell is the author of eight works of fiction, most recently Century’s Son (Alfred A. Knopf). His book on craft, The Half-Known World (Graywolf Press), has just been published. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. He teaches at New Mexico State University and shares the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston with his wife, the writer, Antonya Nelson.