Johnny Vermillion's theater troupe brings masterpieces to the Wild West. The four actors are versatile enough to wear many costumes and play many roles. A few props, a little makeup, a costume and--voilà--applause on the rugged frontier.
Johnny also arranges a special attraction for each town. While his actors bustle in and out of costumes, on and off the stage in many roles, one plays the villain in the bank. Then the actors take their curtain calls and railroad away.
Who? Us? Rob a bank? But you saw all of us on stage. When could we have done that?
A Pinkerton man becomes the troupe's severest critic: He notices the news reports of stage performances one day and bank robberies the next. He follows the troupe, packing his suspicions. Finally, he sets a clever trap.
Loren D. Estleman's The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion features one of the most entertaining rogues ever to turn a dishonest dollar. Any audience will love a troupe that can transform A Midsummer Night's Dream into grand larceny.
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|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
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It's not often I pick up a book at random and decide then and there that I want it. Like most people, I have to read inside the jacket and get the lowdown. But for some reason or another, I did not do that. This is one GEM of a book. Very well written and the characters just leap off the pages at you. Very hard to put down as the book takes you right in and your ducking bullets right along with Johnny Vermillion. A truly great read!
A troupe of traveling actors supplement their earnings by robbing banks during performances. This is a highly enjoyable light-heated romp through the Old West (and Europe) as we follow the Prairie Rose Repertory Company, led by mastermind, Johnny Vermillion. The actors are pursued by the Pinkerton Detective Agency and by the outlaw Ace-in-the-Hole gang. The agency, in the person of Philip Rittenhouse, pieces together the connection between the actors and the robberies, but they always keep on step in front of him. The outlaws are out for revenge because they believe the actors stole money that was rightfully theirs to steal. The plots twists are ingenious, and the dialogue snaps and crackles. The humor woven throughout keeps the reader smiling on every page. The good guys and the bad guys are wonderfully drawn. Estleman does an excellent job with the acting troupe. The thieves are very much the heroes. I found myself rooting for them to succeed. The climax, where all three forces come together and the final plot twist is revealed, is riveting yet retains the light-hearted tone of the whole book. The ending is a sweet coda to the adventures of Johnny Vermillion and his crew.
I liked the story idea, but that was pretty much all I liked. The characters were over done and came off more like characatures. I found i had no interest in them. The writing style was overly clever and long winded, and that made his play on words seem forced at best. But the ending, or lack thereof, was a huge disappointment. I really don't recommend this.