Synopses & Reviews
Special U.S. Deputy Page Murdock rides into Breen, Montana, on the trail of a menacing and elusive outlaw. But before he can scout the saloons for his man, he is made town marshal in a territory heating up for the ugliest range war this side of hell. The big ranchers want a gunslinger marshal, and the small ranchers have their own hired gun. But the badge on Murdock's chest means law, and he'll enforce it the best way he knows...with a gun.
"Mr. Estleman plays in the majors...and his nervy characters can talk their way home on a double. A good clean game." --The New York Times Book Review
"Quicksilver dialogue, incisive characterizations, and canny interweaving of observations and events. Estleman's eye, ear, and hand are in perfect sync--you will want to call up your closest friends to read them your favorite paragraphs." --Washington Post Book World
"Estleman's prose and ability to set a mood are always first-rate." --Chicago Sun-Times
"With a pro's practiced skill, Estleman keeps all the plates spinning through the air with no apparent effort and a hundred different voices." --Boston Sunday Globe
About the Author
Loren D. Estleman
was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA degree in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. In 2002, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters for his contribution to American literature.
He is the author of more than fifty novels in the categories of mystery, historical western, and mainstream, and has received four Western Writers of American Golden Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, and three Shamus Awards. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Britain's Silver Dagger, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, the mammoth Encyclopedia of Detective Fiction named him the most critically acclaimed writer of U.S. detective