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A Novel

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Born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday arrives on the Texas frontier hoping that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Soon, with few job prospects, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally with his partner, Mária Katarina Harony, a high-strung, classically educated Hungarian whore. In search of high-stakes poker, the couple hits the saloons of Dodge City. And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and a fearless lawman named Wyatt Earp begins— before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology—when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.

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Mar 21, 2011 – Russell (Dreamers of the Day) brings lethal Dodge City to life in a colorful group-portrait of famous frontiersmen years before many of them would pass into legend at the O.K. Corral. After a tense childhood in Civil War–torn Georgia and the loss of his beloved mother, young John Henry "Doc" Holliday moves west in hopes of ameliorating the tuberculosis that would eventually kill him, relocating in the late 1870s to Kansas, where he divides his time among his poorly paying vocation of dentistry, lucrative gambling, and his fractious relationship with Kate Harony, a cultured, Hungarian-born prostitute. In a tale notable more for a remarkable cast than orderliness of plot, the rising tension between the corrupt, carousing, and well-armed inhabitants of Dodge and the forces of law represented by the moralistic Wyatt Earp and his brother, Morgan, makes a spectacular background to a memorable year-in-the-life tale of a fiery young Southern gentleman whose loyalty to his friends and love of music outshine even his fragile health and the whiskey-soaked violence of the western frontier.

Customer Reviews


I have never been a particularly big fan of historical fiction, but I grew up reading Westerns borrowed from my Grandfather's library. When I saw Russel's book on Doc Holliday, I decided that it was time to read something different from a graduate school textbook or a who-done-it, and I am very glad I did. Russel's portrayal of Doc Holliday showed me a different side to the man. He was well educated, refined, and kind natured and none of these attributes I was all that aware of, especially his sensitive and kindly personality. I recommend this book highly and hope folks enjoy it as much as I did.


This would make a entertaining movie. I loved the way Doc was portrayed. Laughs at surprising moments made it very enjoyable.

Well done!

I haven't read a western novel that I enjoyed so much since
"Lonesome Dove," with similar flashes of sarcasm, humor, and a
sincere brotherly love between characters. I have just a bit of a crush on Doc Holliday. Had to read twice the incite that Wyatt Earp provided on dealing with bullies! Such good writing!

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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: May 03, 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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