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Killer Colt: Murder, Disgrace, and the Making of an American Legend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Incredibly well researched

    This book achieves a standard in true crime writing that is just below In Cold Blood. The author uses a tremendous vocabulary (who knew that the noun for "fetid" is "fetor?" Or that the plural of "staff" is "staves?")
    The research is exhaustively done, and the writing has a nice flow to it. The only complaint I have is that there is so much expatiation on every tangent of every historical footnote that the book drags, and who ever thought a story of how John Colt murdered one of his vendors could be stretched out to book length? Read it for the excellent writing, but be patient with the narrative line.

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