It is the winter of 1879, and Dodge city has lost its snap. Thirty-one-year-old Wyatt Earp, assistant city marshal, loads his wife and all they own into a wagon, and goes with two of his brothers and their women to Tombstone, Arizona, land of the silver mines. There Earp becomes deputy sheriff, meeting up with the likes of Doc Holliday, Clay Allison and Bat Masterson as well as finding the love of his life, showgirl Josie Marcus. While navigating the constantly shifting alliances of a largely lawless territory, Earp finds himself embroiled in a simmering feud with Johnny Behan, which ultimately erupts in deadly gunfire on a dusty street corner.
©2002 Robert B. Parker; (P)2009 Phoenix
I thoroughly enjoyed the snippets of parallel history that Parker inserts periodically and, because I'm a history buff, I considered that, because I was learning new and interesting historical connections, it was time well spent. I also liked the fact that Parker's characterization of Wyatt Earp dovetailed with his descriptions of Virgil Cole in his other western series. Unfortunately he peopled this story with rather colorless characters, unlike Pony Flores, Hitch, Allie and Laurel who made the Cole series crackle with life.
I might recommend this book to people who enjoy history, especially western history, because I know that Parker researched the Earp history carefully. I wouldn't recommend it based on a compelling narrative or spine-tingling action.
Unemotional, flat, mediocre
Perhaps, but the movie has already been made with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer.....with variations to the story. The movie script was more compelling than this story.
They are the same, enjoyed both equally.
Any great Louis L'amour western
The descriptions of Tombstone
It's a great western story for any western fan.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
Not for me I don't have time to read and believe Ed Begley Jr. does a much better job bringing to life the characters
When Wyatt crossed the line and murdered one of his brothers killers
Without a doubt Mr. Begley is a reader in the highest class and his works have always been very professional
Doc Holiday, truely a man who has strong convictions and nothing to lose, he knows he is dying and just doesn't really give a crap
This book is very well written and hope to read more by Mr Parker but he has passed have read others and wished he could write many more
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