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The Shootist
     

The Shootist

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by Glendon Swarthout, Miles Swarthout (Introduction)
 

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By the author of The Homesman, now a major motion picture
 
The Shootist is John Bernard Books, a gunfighter at the turn of the twentieth century who must confront the greatest Shootist of all: Death. Most men would end their days in bed or take their own lives, but a gunfighter has a third option, one that Books decides to exercise. He may

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By the author of The Homesman, now a major motion picture
 
The Shootist is John Bernard Books, a gunfighter at the turn of the twentieth century who must confront the greatest Shootist of all: Death. Most men would end their days in bed or take their own lives, but a gunfighter has a third option, one that Books decides to exercise. He may choose his own executioner.

As word spreads that the famous assassin has incurable cancer, an assortment of human vultures gathers to feast on the corpse—among them a gambler, a rustler, a clergyman, an undertaker, an old love, a reporter, even an admiring teenager. What follows is the last courageous act in Books’s own legend.

This classic, Spur Award–winning novel was chosen by the Western Writers of America as one of the best western novels ever written and was the inspiration for John Wayne’s last great starring role in the acclaimed 1976 film adaptation. The Bison Books edition includes a new introduction by the author’s son, Miles Swarthout, in which he discusses his father’s work and the making of the legendary film.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times

“A taut, leathery, masterful tale.”—Los Angeles Times
Arizona Republic

“A classic—an incredible tale about an incredible man by an incredible author. . . . It’s a fascinating tale, and once started, is difficult to leave until the final sentence has been absorbed.”—Arizona Republic

— Robert Shotwell

Times of London

“Chilling . . . grisly . . . extremely exciting to the very end.”—Times of London
Ronald Reagan

“A treasured addition to my library.”—Ronald Reagan
Arizona Republic - Robert Shotwell

“A classic—an incredible tale about an incredible man by an incredible author. . . . It’s a fascinating tale, and once started, is difficult to leave until the final sentence has been absorbed.”—Arizona Republic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803238237
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
242,533
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


A prolific writer in multiple genres, Glendon Swarthout (1918–92) won the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Western Writers of America and is now in their Hall of Fame. His novels include The Homesman and The Old Colts. Miles Swarthout is the author of The Sergeant’s Lady and the editor of Glendon Swarthout’s short story collection, Easterns and Westerns. He is also a screenwriter who adapted his father’s book for the movie The Shootist.

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The Shootist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
toliverc More than 1 year ago
I have seen the movie countless times, but this is my first time to read the book behind the movie. The forward by Swarthout's son Miles lends even more insight into the fictional shootist, J. B. Books and the legendary actor, John Wayne, whose lives intertwined so eerily to make the movie as classic as the novel. Throughout the novel, I was constantly reminded not only of J. B. Books, but of every larger than life character, real or imagined, who like the rest of us, must face death. A gripping and tragic tale, The Shootist is a book that will grace my shelves for years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago