Winding Stair

Winding Stair

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by Douglas C. Jones
     
 

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Winding Stair is True Grit for grown-ups... A significant and highly entertaining contribution to the popular literature of the American West.”—The New York Times
 
Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1890, is a haven of justice presiding over thousands of square miles known as the Indian Nation, a land that

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Winding Stair is True Grit for grown-ups... A significant and highly entertaining contribution to the popular literature of the American West.”—The New York Times
 
Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1890, is a haven of justice presiding over thousands of square miles known as the Indian Nation, a land that harbors the most hardened criminals in the country. When a woman is found murdered, young attorney Eben Pay, newly arrived to the territory, is pulled into a posse that follows a trail of blood and destruction. Among the dead he discovers a survivor, the beautiful, traumatized Jennie Thrasher, and the question of what she witnessed hangs like a storm cloud over the investigation. From the trial to the courtroom, Winding Stair is a classic historical novel that brings to vivid life a bygone era.


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"Winding Stair is True Grit for grown-ups... Jones relies on none of the usual Western trappings; he eschews stereotypes... The historical research is seamless-the story never slows down to admit dull exposition. Winding Stair convinces, utterly, that this is how life must have been in that place at that time... a significant and highly entertaining contribution to the popular literature of the American West." — The New York Times

"Stunning...excellent...superb...You'll not forget it very soon." — Chicago Sun-Times

"A classic Western novel in the finest sense of that often abused term... spare, tough and honest." — Houston Post

"Jones is a meticulous craftsman whose dialects, dialogues, settings, and sayings seem so 'right' and natural that one has the satisfying feeling of having read a novel without one 'false note.'" — San Francisco Sunday Examiner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101559239
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
233,244
File size:
347 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Douglas C. Jones was a three-time winner of the Western Writers of America's Golden Spur Award, as well as the recipient of their Owen Wister Award of Lifetime Achievement. A native of Arkansas, Jones died in 1998.


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Winding Stair 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the prose very much. Although there was little action the story kept me engaged and interested the whole time.
Jodi_Ann_Hanson More than 1 year ago
With the discovery of a woman who had been raped and murdered in the Choctaw Nation in the shadow of the Winding Stair Mountains, a posse is formed to seek out the guilty party and bring them to justice. The year is 1890, a time when murder, horse theft, and whiskey smuggling are a normal occurrence going hand in hand with bouts of drunkenness. Newly arrived to town Eben Pay who has secured a position as clerk and investigator for the prosecuting attorney William Evans is recruited by Marshall Oscar Schiller as one of the posse. Hot on the trail of the men responsible for the murder, the posse comes up on a farm where they find the owner Thomas Thrasher brutally murdered along with his farm hands. Thrasher’s wife is missing, but the Marshall locates Thrasher’s daughter Jenny hiding in the attic in a state of shock. The girl is unable to identify any of the killers, but under questioning from Marshall Schiller, they learn that a whiskey peddler had been by the farm recently so they set off to locate the man. In the midst of a gunfight one of the wanted men is killed, and one of his cohorts is apprehended and brought back to Fort Smith along with two other of the accused to stand trial and face the possibility of death. “Winding Stair” is an all out western in which Douglas C. Jones creates a cast of characters and storylines that will keep the reader captivated until the conclusion. Republished posthumously to showcase his work I realized it is a shame we have lost such a talented author as this. Reviewed by Jodi Hanson for Suspense Magazine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Late 19th century historical novel of life and law in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and the nearby Indian Nations. A great story throughout from the first page to the last.