"The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge city, Kansas, a saloon filled cow town jammed with liquored up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed blood boy named Johnnie Sauders is discovered, his death shocks a part time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail twenty six year old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House."
Beautifully educated, born to a life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday is given an awful choice at the age of twenty two; die within months in Atlanta or leave everyone and everything he loves in the hope that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Young, scared, lonely and sick, he arrives on the rawest edge of the Texas frontier just as an economic crash wrecks the dreams of a nation. Soon, with few alternatives open to him, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally; he is now living with Maria Katarina Harony, a high strung Hungarian whore with dazzling turquoise eyes, who can quote Latin classics right back at him. Kate makes it her business to find Doc the high-stakes poker games that will support them both in high style. It is Kate who insists that the couple travel to Dodge City "because that's where the money is."
And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp really begins, before Wyatt Earp is the prototype of the square-jawed fearless lawman; before Doc Holliday is the quintessential frontier gambler; before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American Frontier Mythology, when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.
Authentic, moving Doc redefines these two figures of the American West. First and last, however, this is John Henry Holliday's story, written with compassion, humor, and respect by a great contemporary story teller.
Death on Tour
Texas high school teacher Jocelyn Shore and her cousin Kyla are on a once in a lifetime guided tour of Egypt when the most annoying of their fellow travelers, nosy Millie Owens, takes a fatal fall off of one of the great pyramids. And that's only the beginning of their troubles.
From the jovial doctor haggling for trinkets he doesn't want to the mysterious imposter wearing someone else's clothing to the attractive stranger traveling alone, this group of tourists is carrying more than one kind of baggage. Add a mistaken identity, a priceless necklace, and another unexpected death, and Jocelyn finds herself reluctantly trying to unravel an intrigue that threatens to end not only her vacation but her life.
ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds Into Fabulous Designs
See what others miss, and find your fashion bliss! With a snip here and a tuck there, you can turn common thrift-store items, such as sweaters, curtains, and jeans - into stylish originals.
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