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Fatal Elixir (Lobo Black/Quinn Booker Mystery Series)

Fatal Elixir (Lobo Black/Quinn Booker Mystery Series)

by William L. DeAndrea

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
DeAndrea's second installment of the Lobo Blacke/Quinn Booker series (after Written in Fire) is an absorbing and playful ride through life in the Wyoming Territory. Dime-novelist Quinn Booker is now working for ex-lawman Lobo Blacke, who purchased a newspaper in the small town of Le Four after he was paralyzed in an ambush. Paul Muller, whom Blacke sent to prison, has escaped and may be headed to Le Four to take revenge on Blacke and to see his wife and child. Blacke thinks Muller might also be coming to Le Four to check up on Lucius Jenkins, a wealthy rancher who was once Blacke's crime-fighting partner, but whom Blacke believes is the brains behind Muller's brilliant robberies. Meanwhile, Dr. Herkimer and his traveling medicine show arrive in town. Dozens of people drop dead and others, including the sheriff, fall sick after taking Herkimer's elixir. When it turns out that only a few bottles of Herkimer's elixir are poisoned, Blacke and Booker hunt for a killer among plenty of suspects, including a man whose skin was tinged permanently blue by an earlier charlatan's concoction. Before it's over, Booker must face a lynch mob and the notorious Muller, who serves, roughly, as the model for the hero in his novels. With ample wit and fluent command of the western idiom, DeAndrea gracefully folds one complication into another for this ride into the Old West of bad men, ranchers, schoolmarms and prostitutes. This is one of the last books DeAndrea wrote before his death last year. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Wheelchair-bound Lobo Blacke, a former lawman, and New Yorker Quinn Booker, a former dime novelist, thrive on the trouble they find in Le Four, Wyoming Territory. First, they learn that a murderer sent to prison by Lobo has escaped and may head their way. Next, poisoned elixir unwittingly sold at a traveling medicine show results in several deaths. Booker fills in for the recovering sheriff so that he and Lobo can unmask the saboteur and foil the escapee. A lively plot, rigorous action, dry humor, and a distinctive Western flavor: a most attractive sequel to Written in Fire (Walker, 1995)
Kirkus Reviews
Like Ironside, Lobo Blacke (Written in Fire, 1995) lives for the day he can nail the man—he's convinced it was wealthy rancher Lucius Jenkins—who knocked him out of the US Marshal's office and into a wheelchair. But that day will have to wait, since there's now more pressing business. Paul Muller, whom Lobo once put away for bank robbery, has broken out of jail and is rumored to be heading toward Le Four looking for his wife and son, and for Lobo. Closer to home, medicine man Theophrastus Herkimer's made good on his boast that his wondrous concoction Ozono would turn Le Four upside-down; after swigging drafts of Ozono, 14 citizens are dead. Because one of the 14 is Sheriff Asa Harlan, Lobo's friend and ghostwriter Quinn Booker has to take over the job, just in time to confront a lynch mob and then crafty Paul Muller, whose advent is preceded by an anonymous letter promising revenge for the son who was one of the first casualties of Doc Herkimer's brew. And now that his sweetheart, Jenkins's daughter Abigail, has left the Wyoming Territory for a trip east, Quinn also has time to get his hands full of Herkimer's sidekick, the seductive Princess Farrah, who finds that stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage, as long as Quinn is the arresting officer.

A colorful, generously plotted slice of period Americana whose veteran author's recent death makes you wonder whether Lobo, like the figures on Keats's Grecian Urn, will spend eternity pursuing the scoundrel who crippled him.

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Walker & Company
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Lobo Black/Quinn Booker Mystery Series
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5.82(w) x 8.59(h) x 1.06(d)

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