Synopses & Reviews
In 1876, a green second lieutenant named Crofton barely escapes Little Bighorn-where, before Crofton's startled eyes, Custer is killed by his own enraged men-only to find that his life's adventures have just begun. Over the next three years, curiosity, fate, and the schemes of others will take him halfway around the world, from a "whore's war" in Kansas to a rebellion in Cuba to the horrors of the Zulu war in East Africa. Along the way, he will encounter such figures as Grant, Sherman, and Hayes; get shot; find love; endure betrayal-and somehow, through the crucible of blood and fire, arrive at something that might be called wisdom.
Crofton's Fire is a constantly surprising story, replete with lean, sharp writing, vivid characters, and unexpected turns-that rarest of all things: a true discovery.
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 Kansas. His articles, stories, and poems have appeared in many publications. He is at work on his second novel.