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Fool's Coach

Fool's Coach

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by Richard S. Wheeler
     
 

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Aristotle Scrimshaw had left his wife and children on their small farm in Wisconsin to pick up some cash in the bustling gold-fields of Virginia City. He had done well, buying up claims and collecting gold worth more than $100,000. Angelicas Ramirez had left her abusive husband to become the most prosperous madam in the territory. And Professor Randolph Figaro, a

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Aristotle Scrimshaw had left his wife and children on their small farm in Wisconsin to pick up some cash in the bustling gold-fields of Virginia City. He had done well, buying up claims and collecting gold worth more than $100,000. Angelicas Ramirez had left her abusive husband to become the most prosperous madam in the territory. And Professor Randolph Figaro, a Mississippi gambler, had struck his own kind of paydirt in Virginia City as well--but now his luck has turned bad. When all three need to leave the encampment, they face a cold, bone-jarring stagecoach ride across the plains toward Salt Lake--a trail populated with ruthless road agents eager to plunder the wealth of the wary and unsuspecting alike. So when Scrimshaw plans a midnight run through the bandit-infested wilderness, he himself calls it a fool's coach.

Fool's Coach won the Spur Award for Best Western Novel of 1989.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This mildly diverting western concerns a desperate flight in a broken-down coach from the rough-and-tumble Montana goldfield towns of Alder Gulch and Virginia City, where road agents--highwaymen, bushwackers, thugs--make travel hazardous. While you can make a fortune in this hardbitten territory, you'd better not try to leave town with it. Nevertheless, doughty miner Aristotle Scrimshaw, Professor Randolph Figaro, an honest gambler, and Angelica Ramirez, a whorehouse madame with a heart (and 600 pounds) of gold, have their reasons for decamping. Fortitude Hays and Calvin Creed help fix up a coach and borrow a team to make an unscheduled run for it. Once nefarious characters get wind of the treasure (totaling a hard-to-tote half-ton of gold dust), the travelers are attacked and harassed all along the treacherous coach route. Though plot twists and mounting tension move toward a heartwarming finale, Wheeler's ( Dodging Red Cloud ) dialogue rings hollow, stock characters ``retort'' and ``guffaw'' overmuch and disbelief--present from early on--finally triumphs. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781785410116
Publisher:
Sagebrush Education Resources
Publication date:
09/28/2015
Pages:
1

Meet the Author

Richard S.Wheeler has written over fifty novels and several short stories. He has won four Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the field of western literature.

He lives in the literary and film community of Livingston, Montana, and is married to Professor Sue Hart, of Montana State University-Billings. Before turning to fiction he was a newsman and book editor. He has raised horses and been a wrangler at an Arizona dude ranch.

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