Hired killers are sent one by one to the Montana Territory after Page Murdock. Murdock doesn't know why someone wants him out of the way, but he knows where the assassins are coming from. Thus begins Murdock's descent into a hell more decadent, corrupt, and dangerous than even he has ever seen - San Francisco's Barbary Coast. Murdock takes up temporary residence among the whores, gamblers, dope addicts, and cutthroats of the continent's foulest district. No man here is trustworthy. The enemies he's really worried about, though, are the men who run things: the politicians. Murdock's quest takes him into Chinatown, into opium dens, and into an alliance with a man of an alient culture who controls vices that make respectable people quail. But perhaps the men who seem respectable are the most insidious of all.
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- Hardback | 304 pages
- 140 x 210 x 32mm | 449g
- 30 Jan 2004
- St Martin's Press
- New York, United States
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"Estleman ...is at the top of his game.... Snappy dialogue, fast-paced action, colorful characters and plenty of bullets, booze and blood make this western crime drama a wicked romp."--"Publishers Weekly" "A historical western in mirror-smooth mahogany prose... Louis L'Amour looks down with envy."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "A wildly entertaining read with great period atmosphere and dialogue."--"Booklist"
About Loren D. Estleman
Loren D. Estleman was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA degree in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. In 2002, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters for his contribution to American literature. He is the author of more than fifty novels in the categories of mystery, historical western, and mainstream, and has received fiveWestern Writers of American Golden Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, and three Shamus Awards. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Britain's Silver Dagger, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, the mammoth "Encyclopedia of Detective Fiction" named him the most critically acclaimed writer of U.S. detective