The Shopkeeper

The Shopkeeper

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by James D. Best
     
 

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In 1879, Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to explore and write a journal about his adventures. Though he's not looking for trouble, Dancy's infatuation with another man's wife soon embroils him in a deadly feud with Sean Washburn, a Nevada silver baron.

Infuriated by the outrages of two hired thugs, the shopkeeper kills both men in an

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In 1879, Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to explore and write a journal about his adventures. Though he's not looking for trouble, Dancy's infatuation with another man's wife soon embroils him in a deadly feud with Sean Washburn, a Nevada silver baron.

Infuriated by the outrages of two hired thugs, the shopkeeper kills both men in an impulsive street fight. Dancy believes this barbarian act has closed the episode. He is wrong. He has interfered with Washburn's ambitions, and this is something the mining tycoon will not allow.

Pinkertons, hired assassins, and aggrieved bystanders escalate the feud until it pulls in all the moneyed interests and power brokers in Nevada. Can the former city slicker settle accounts without losing his life in the process?

Editorial Reviews

Women'sDay - Maritza Barone
"I have to say its one of the best western books I've read in a long time. It took me back about 125 years. The characters, the plot, everything seem so real. You'll find yourself lost in the book--the fast pace keeps it interesting."
Wester Writers of America, Roundup Magazine - C. K. Crigger
"This is a fast paced tale with an interesting hero. In structure, with short chapters, crisp dialogue, and lots of movement, it's reminiscent of a thriller."
Nashville Examiner - Diane Scearce
"The Shopkeeper is quick and fun to read, perfect for a vacation escape."
True West Magazine - Larry Winget
"The James Best books...are about the best new Western series to come along since Larry McMurtry."
Blogger News Network - Simon Barrett
"I have to admit that the Wild West and Western books as a whole are not generally speaking my favorite genre. Occasionally though, one is released that breaks the mold and genuinely stands out as a great work of fiction. I put The Shopkeeper in that lofty position."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587369223
Publisher:
Wheatmark
Publication date:
12/15/2007
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
372,605
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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