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Posted March 10, 2011
Nice Fact And Fiction Mix
There is not much suspense in this biographical novel but it is interesting. Since both Lillie and Roy were half mythical figures, Estleman can add fiction to fact and get away with it. He sticks fairly close to the truth, unlike Larry McMurtry, who had Roy Bean killed off by a Mexican bandit in Streets Of Laredo. Estleman is a versatile author and this novel is more conformation of that fact.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2010
This is a great blending of historical facts with Loren D. Estleman filling in the gaps with his imagination
Roy was Judge Roy Bean the notorious corrupt Justice of the Peace in West Texas who was a killer, womanizer, thief and those were his better attributes. Lillie was "Jersey Lily" Lillie Langtry, a renowned performer and toast of Royalty and the arts whose greatest performance may have been using her health and a besotted doctor to escape marital rusticating. They never met, but exchanged correspondence over two decades as he was her greatest admirer and she was appreciative of her greatest fan. Only death kept them finally from meeting in his Texas.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is a great blending of historical facts with Loren D. Estleman filling in the gaps with his imagination so that the audience obtains a powerful biographical historical fiction. Both are scoundrels in their own ways with his obviously violent while hers seductive. Yet though there are fabrications and hyperbole in their correspondence, their passion to one day meet to see what happens makes their distant relationship a love story for the ages as only a master writer, could bring what they never achieved in life, them together.