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Mary Doria Russell. Random, $26 (416p) ISBN 978-1-4000-6804-3
Russell (Dreamers of the Day) brings lethal Dodge City to life in a colorful group-portrait of famous frontiersmen years before many of them would pass into legend at the O.K. Corral. After a tense childhood in Civil War–torn Georgia and the loss of his beloved mother, young John Henry "Doc" Holliday moves west in hopes of ameliorating the tuberculosis that would eventually kill him, relocating in the late 1870s to Kansas, where he divides his time among his poorly paying vocation of dentistry, lucrative gambling, and his fractious relationship with Kate Harony, a cultured, Hungarian-born prostitute. In a tale notable more for a remarkable cast than orderliness of plot, the rising tension between the corrupt, carousing, and well-armed inhabitants of Dodge and the forces of law represented by the moralistic Wyatt Earp and his brother, Morgan, makes a spectacular background to a memorable year-in-the-life tale of a fiery young Southern gentleman whose loyalty to his friends and love of music outshine even his fragile health and the whiskey-soaked violence of the western frontier. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/21/2011
Release date: 05/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-61707-431-8
Hardcover - 695 pages - 978-1-4104-3963-5
Open Ebook - 317 pages - 978-0-679-60439-6
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-307-87789-5
Paperback - 411 pages - 978-0-8129-8000-4
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