by Mary Dora Russell

Overview: 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.

Faith Bowers (12/08/18):This is historical fiction based on fact about Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday. I thought the characters were very well developed. Though they are infamous cowboys from the Wild West, Ms Russell explains how that is not true. I listened to this novel and thought the reader was very talented. She writes about TB before cures and early excellent dentistry. Being a dentist in cow towns doesn’t pay the bills but is extremely interesting. Making a living is discussed at length for both men and women in an outpost of the US post civil war.
Rating: ***

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