The Contract Surgeon: A Novel

The Contract Surgeon: A Novel

by Dan O'Brien


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The Contract Surgeon: A Novel by Dan O'Brien

Winner of the Western Heritage Award, this beautifully crafted historical novel from one of the West’s most popular writers tells the true story of the friendship between Valentine McGillycuddy, a young doctor plucked from his prestigious medical career and newly married wife to serve in the army during the Great Sioux War, and the fearsome chief Crazy Horse. When Crazy Horse finally agrees to surrender to the United States, mistrust and treachery on both sides generate further conflict, and he is gravely wounded. McGillycuddy declares the chief his patient and struggles through a long night to keep his spirit alive.
Set in the sprawling Great Plains during the most tragic period in its history, this tale of bravery, justice, and love weaves a tapestry of time and events into the account of a single day—the last in the life of Crazy Horse—to reveal the secrets surrounding America’s past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803235878
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dan O’Brien is the author of numerous novels and memoirs, including Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch, winner of the Western Heritage Award for best nonfiction in 2001 and selected as the 2009 One Book South Dakota winner. His books Stolen Horses, Equinox, and The Indian Agent are available from the University of Nebraska Press.

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Chronology of Events
The Contract Surgeon [41 numbered chapters]

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Contract Surgeon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kanga2joey More than 1 year ago
An excellent story of the plains during a very tumultuous time in our history.