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NATIONAL BESTSELLER 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, Maria 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 411 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 24mm | 299.37g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Ballantine Books Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 081298000X
  • 9780812980004
  • 204,125

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If I had a six-shooter, I d be firing it off in celebration of Doc . . . a deeply sympathetic, aggressively researched and wonderfully entertaining story. The Washington Post A magnificent read . . . filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving . . . more realistic yet more riveting than any movie or TV western . . . Doc Holliday is the tragic hero in this terrific bio-epic. . . . Losing their mythic, heroic sheen, figures like Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson become more captivating for their complexity. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Intense, individual characters, so fully realized that readers can almost physically touch them, fill the novel s pages . . . Doc s restrained but magnificent struggle to rise above the indignities of his disease and of life in Dodge . . . is one of the delights of this surprisingly luminous and elegant novel. The Oregonian Fascinating . . . Russell s women are a match for any of the men in Dodge, and their presence at the center of Doc gives the novel an unforced verisimilitude. The Plain Dealer Intoxicating . . . Doc reads like a movie you can t wait to watch. The Seattle Times Grabs us from the opening sentence . . . Russell makes the narrative hum and the characters come alive. Chicago Tribune Well-written and provocative, Doc is a book that will haunt you. Historical Novels Review "show more

About Mary Doria Russell

Mary Doria Russell is the award-winning author of four previous bestsellers: The Sparrow, Children of God, A Thread of Grace, and Dreamers of the Day. Widely praised for her meticulous research, fine prose, and compelling narrative drive, Russell is uniquely suited to telling the story of the lawman Wyatt Earp and the dental surgeon John Henry Holliday. The daughter of Dick Doria, five-term sheriff of Dupage County, Illinois, Mary grew up with guns and cops but she also holds a doctorate in biological anthropology and taught gross anatomy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry before she left academe to write. From the Hardcover edition.show more

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