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The Shootists | [Glendon Swarthout]

The Shootists

The Shootist is John Bernard Books, a man of principle and the only surviving gunfighter in a vanishing American West. He rides into El Paso in the year 1901, on the day of Queen Victoria's demise, there to be told by a doctor that he must soon confront the greatest Shootist of all: Death himself. In such a showdown against such an antagonist, J. B. Books cannot win. Most men may end their days in bed or take their own lives, but a mankiller has a third option, one which Books decides to exercise. He may choose his own executioner.
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The Shootist is John Bernard Books, a man of principle and the only surviving gunfighter in a vanishing American West. He rides into El Paso in the year 1901, on the day of Queen Victoria's demise, there to be told by a doctor that he must soon confront the greatest Shootist of all: Death himself. 

In such a showdown against such an antagonist, J. B. Books cannot win. Most men may end their days in bed or take their own lives, but a mankiller has a third option, one which Books decides to exercise. He may choose his own executioner. As the word spreads that the famous assassin has reached the end of his rope, an assortment of vultures gathers to feast upon the corpse - among them a gambler, a rustler, a clergyman, an undertaker, an old love, a reporter, even a teenager. Books outwits them, however, by selecting the where, when, who, and why of his death and writing in fire from a pair of matched Remingtons the last courageous act of his own legend. The climatic gunfight itself is an incredible performance by an incredible man, and by his creator, Glendon Swarthout.

©2010 Glendon Fred Swarthout (P)2010 Books In Motion

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    erudite 03-28-14
    erudite 03-28-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Loved the story, disliked the narration"

    The story was great. Loved it. The narration though left much to be desired and detracted from my enjoyment. The narrator did a good job with the voices but I think the editor must have botched the job. I could hear papers rustling in the background, every now and then the narrator would suck his teeth or completely mispronounce a word. Not his fault, he is human. Do they not edit these things? Appalling treatment of a good book.

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    DUANE 04-18-13
    DUANE 04-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a Holy Bible Thumping, God loving, Holy Spirit following Jesus Freak.

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    "A totally different type of Western."
    Would you listen to The Shootists again? Why?

    No, it is a classic, but a sad story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shootists?

    The relationship between J.B. Books and his landlady going from mutual disgust to mutual respect.


    What about J. P. O'Shaughnessy’s performance did you like?

    He has a perfect Western character voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The end of an era.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for the weak hearted.

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