Mary Doria Russell
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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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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.
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!