A Novel

eBook - 2013
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DEADWOOD, DAKOTA TERRITORIES, 1876: Legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickcock and his friend Charlie Utter have come to the Black Hills town of Deadwood fresh from Cheyenne, fleeing an ungrateful populace. Bill, aging and sick but still able to best any man in a fair gunfight, just wants to be left alone to drink and play cards. But in this town of played-out miners, bounty hunters, upstairs girls, Chinese immigrants, and various other entrepeneurs and miscreants, he finds himself pursued by a vicious sheriff, a perverse whore man bent on revenge, and a besotted Calamity Jane. Fueled by liquor, sex, and violence, this is the real wild west, unlike anything portrayed in the dime novels that first told its story.
Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2013
ISBN: 9780804151917
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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The book is as equally absorbing as the TV series even though they are very different stories that only share characters and tone. This is about friendship, love, and feelings. Any similarity to a standard Western is only in setting. It's a moving Western for readers who have grown up.

mcmurray777 Apr 27, 2015

If you enjoyed the cable TV show you will like the book, although the TV show centers on some of the very minor characters in the book, and even takes an opposite view of some of the others (Calamity Jane is one. The whoreman, owner of the Gem, is another). The author does a remarkable job of creating interest in this lawless, old west town on the verge of joining civilization. Every sentence is a paragraph and every paragraph a story. Once you get started you won't be able to put it down.

Jan 27, 2014

I thought I was going to like Deadwood because it’s about the last days of gun fighter Wild Bill Hickock. It is, but the whole Deadwood setting is what made the book so thoroughly enjoyable.
This is a gritty & gruesome 1870s town. It’s home to gold rushers, whores and whoremongers, lawmen and entrepreneurs. Spilling over with liquor, sex, and violence, it’s a funny book and a moving book. Peter Dexter portrays the characters differently than HBO in its DVD series (which is wonderful), but ultimately decided to like both separately.


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mcmurray777 Apr 30, 2015

"Boone coughed; the only other noise was Swearingen breathing through his teeth as he rocked, up and down from the waist. It didn't feel like there was an idea in the room." page 282.

mcmurray777 Apr 30, 2015

"The boy opened the book, before he had time to consider the consequences, and stared at the first page." page 256.

mcmurray777 Apr 30, 2015

"There was a crowd of miners and gamblers and reprobates around them, a lot of drinking and backslapping. Somebody discharged his pistol into the floor, and the smell of the powder stunk worse than the miners."


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