Murder at Thumb Butte [NOOK Book]

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In the spring of 1880, Steve Dancy travels to Prescott, Arizona to gain control of a remarkable invention. But on his first night in the territorial capital, his friend, Jeff Sharp is arrested for a midnight murder at Thumb Butte. Dancy launches a personal investigation to find the real murderer, only to discover the whole town wanted the victim dead. For help, he turns to another old friend and associate, Captain Joseph McAllen of the ...
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Murder at Thumb Butte

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Overview

In the spring of 1880, Steve Dancy travels to Prescott, Arizona to gain control of a remarkable invention. But on his first night in the territorial capital, his friend, Jeff Sharp is arrested for a midnight murder at Thumb Butte. Dancy launches a personal investigation to find the real murderer, only to discover the whole town wanted the victim dead. For help, he turns to another old friend and associate, Captain Joseph McAllen of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
 
Can Dancy discover the true killer before his friend stretches a rope on the courthouse square?
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Editorial Reviews

Western Writers of American, Roundup Magazine - C.K. Crigger
"This is a well-plotted mystery, as well as a terrific Old West story. Best has a great character in Steve Dancy, and has created an excellent cast of secondary characters."
Bookviews - Alan Caruba
"When it comes to novels that evoke a fabled period, few do it better than Jim Best. Best is best at dialogue and his novels move along at a swift pace with some of the best dialogue you’ll find. Nothing fancy, but it reflects real people in real situations. Treat yourself to one or all three of the series."
Brandywine - Lars Walker
"Steve is a former gun shop owner from New York City, transferred to the west where, although his primary concern is business, he has made a reputation as a gunman. I thought this approach added freshness to the whole enterprise. We often forget that cowboys shared a country and a time with men like Thomas Edison and Cornelius Vanderbilt, but Steve Dancy straddles both worlds."
True West Magazine - Larry Winget
"The James Best books...are about the best new Western series to come along since Larry McMurtry."—
Alan Caruba
When it comes to westerns, novels that evoke a fabled period, few do it better than Jim Best. His latest is Murder at Thumb Butte. His novels move along at a swift pace with some of the best dialogue you'll find. Nothing fancy, but it reflects real people in real situations. Treat yourself to one or all three.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012867858
  • Publisher: Queen Beach
  • Publication date: 6/19/2011
  • Series: A Steve Dancy Tale , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 114,057
  • File size: 252 KB

Meet the Author

James D. Best writes historical novels. His books include The Shopkeeper, Leadville, Murder at Thumb Butte, The Return, The Shut Mouth Society, Tempest at Dawn, Principled Action, and The Digital Organization.

James has written monthly columns for two magazine, ghost written several books, and published numerous journal articles. He lives with his wife, Diane, in Omaha, Nebraska.

You can learn more about James and his books at jamesdbest.blogspot.com
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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Wonderful mystery!

    As you would expect from James D. Best, the third book of the Steve Dancy series, is a wonderfully written western story. This time, Steve Dancy seeks help to solve a murder mystery that has his close friend behind bars as the prime suspect. The story moves quickly and keeps the reader guessing which makes it hard to put down. Interesting characters with interesting twists makes this a very enjoyable read.....I am hoping for a fourth book in this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    This story and the entire series has some elements of typical we

    This story and the entire series has some elements of typical western genre but does not become cliche, adding interesting historical facts, and real people of the day, that are woven into the story as they would be needed not just to drop a famous name. He manages to add these details and side plots without slowing down the story. And the biggest accomplishment of a writer, you feel like you could be this character. If you have spent anytime in Arizona and know a little about the history, you will appreciate how he stayed true to the places and names.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    One Best will not be enough for you

    This is a really great western. Just get ready to purchase all three. One suggestion is that you read them in order of publication.

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    Posted October 14, 2011

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