REVIEW À Deadwood

SUMMARY Deadwood

REVIEW À Deadwood ¹ DEADWOOD DAKOTA TERRITORIES 1876 Legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickcock and his friend Charlie Utter have come to the Black Hills town of Deadwood fresh from Cheyenne fleeing an ungrateful populace Bill aging and sick but still able to best any man in a fair gunfight just wants to be left alone to drink and play cards But in this town of played oImself pursued by a vicious sheriff a perverse whore man bent on revenge and a besotted Calamity Jane Fueled by liuor sex and violence this is the real wild west unlike anything portrayed in the dime novels that first told its sto. She was as strong as most men but it was unnoticeable except in her legs where she was stronger than any man Bill had liked the muscles of her calves and told her not to be ashamed HE would find her like that out of nowhere and touch her heart No one else had ever seen that she was ashamed And he could say that one moment and the next he would be staring at the sky expounding on the nature of the problems it caused to be famous like there was some secret to it that only the two of them knew And that was as far from her interests as the moonWith the door closed the noise from downstairs was like something past that you heard in your head remembering it Little specks of dust floated in the air around her shoulders The room was full of motion and nothing moved at allHe listened without a word facing the morning sun and the ocean It was from a woman named Agnes Lake and much of it concerned her trip to Deadwood to find what had become of him It said she loved him it said they had mending hearts

CHARACTERS ✓ HANNAHREDHEAD.CO.UK ✓ Pete Dexter

To best any man in a fair gunfight just wants to be left alone to drink and play cards But in this town of played out miners bounty hunters upstairs girls Chinese immigrants and various other entrepeneurs and miscreants he finds h. Dexter’s Deadwood is boisterous wild and darkly hud epic The humor and the intricate exploring of the characters makes you forget that this book catalogues murder insanity sickness suicides mutilation prostitution and the mud and the sualor of a frontier town This mingling of darkness and character driven comedy is as finely tuned as anything since Heller’s Catch 22

Pete Dexter ✓ 1 REVIEW

DeadwoodDEADWOOD DAKOTA TERRITORIES 1876 Legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickcock and his friend Charlie Utter have come to the Black Hills town of Deadwood fresh from Cheyenne fleeing an ungrateful populace Bill aging and sick but still able. It's intriguing that Deadwood was published in 1986 yet has been called the best Western ever writtenMore intriguing is the plot summary which reads like a Law and Order treatment It's even got the introductory based on true events epigramAnd my god what events they were Gunsmiths outlaws frontiersmen gambling liuor and grit Hell of an opening line too The book is tight and cinematic And while it's exciting it's also somber and soaked in foreboding You can't have very many twists or surprises with historical fiction but it's still a page turner that's easy to get swept away in But the tale is so rich and uietly insightful that you can't rush It's paced very well steady and methodical like the fabled Old West heroes are supposed to have been  My only nitpicking is that some of the language intended to build a setting through dialect I assume felt very strainedSo after much deliberation 5 stars Deadwood feels like a reinvention of a genre and hooked me a non Western fan into picking up Western titles But it isn't just a good Western it's a good book period It's extremely well crafted and the author's effort really pays off in a sometimes comic always human and engrossingly atmospheric way