Finished up Harlan Coben's new one, The Woods yesterday during lunch…It was ok. He still has a problem with wrapping things up…this time it felt rushed. It his however better than the past few and I still recommend it.
Next up…Hmmm…For now its gonna be Robert B. Parker's Gunman's Rhapsody…a western from my favorite mystery writer. It was going to be Craig F.'s new one (host of Late Late Show) but after checking out Parker's new YA book, I read comments from him about another of his Westerns being made into a movie (directed by and starring Ed Harris)…and it made me want try one of his earlier Westerns….plus, I need a break from the mysteries…
"He already had a history by the time he first saw her . . . he was already a figure of the dime novels, and he already half-believed in the myth of the gunman that he was creating, even as it created him."
Robert B. Parker, the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, has long been credited with single-handedly resuscitating the private-eye genre. As the creator of the Spenser, Jesse Stone, and Sunny Randall series, he has proven, again and again, that he is "Boston's peerless man of mystery" (Entertainment Weekly). Now he gives his fans the book he always longed to write-a brilliant and evocative novel set against the hardscrabble frontier life of the West, featuring Wyatt Earp.
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 and encountering 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 a deadly gunbattle on a dusty street.
Here is the master's take on the hallowed Western, as expertly crafted as the Spenser novels, and with the full weight of American history behind it. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.