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If Elmore Leonard had written Little Big Man or Kurt Vonnegut Lonesome Dove, the result might have been something like this blazingly original, acclaimed debut novel by Keith Coplin that "has roared out of the gate with all cylinders firing" (Booklist).
In 1876, a green lieutenant named Crofton barely escapes Little Big Horn, after seeing Custer killed by his own enraged men-before they themselves are massacred-under a beautiful Western sky. Such ironies are not lost on Crofton, as he faces the absurdities of war. A reluctant hero in the bloody crucible of empire, Crofton will go halfway around the world-from a "whore's war" in Kansas, to a rebellion in Cuba, to a showdown with the Ku Klux Klan, to the horrors of the Zulu Wars in Africa. He will get shot, endure betrayal, be subject to the schemes of such legends as Grant and Sherman, find love-and eventually arrive at something that might be called wisdom.
If Elmore Leonard had written Little Big Man or Kurt Vonnegut Lonesome Dove, the result might have been something like this blazingly original, acclaimed debut novel.
In this highly original first novel, a green second lieutenant barely escapes Little Bighorn--only to find that his life's adventures have just begun. "Keith Coplin's wry historical vision compellingly informs every graceful line of "Crofton's Fire."--Robert B. Parker.
About the Author
Keith Coplin is a professor at Colby College in Colby, Kansas. He holds a BA and an MA in English from the University of North Texas, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in contemporary literature from the University of Kansas. His articles, short stories, and poems have appeared in Playboy, Logos, The Mark Twain Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, and other publications. He has won the Edgar Wolfe Award for Fiction from the University of Kansas.
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