25 May, 2015

Epitaph : a novel of the O.K. Corral by Mary Doria Russell

The older Earp boys learnt to protect their younger siblings from their violent father, later they would band together to try and protect their town from the rowdy, cattle-rustling Cow Boys. 
John Holliday was raised to be a Southern gentleman, later when weak and in pain with T.B. he is still courteous and chivalrous.  These good but flawed men would be severely challenged by the events of 1881 in Tombstone, a rough frontier town where law enforcement consisted of an elected sheriff plus whoever he could call upon to form a posse.  The shooting at the O.K. Corral lasted mere moments leaving men dead and badly wounded.  A long history of delayed and irregular justice lay behind this eruption of gunfire. More was to follow. This novel gives us an insight into the thoughts of the taciturn men of the Old West.

Author: Mary Doria Russell
Reviewed by Christine O.
Christine O has worked in libraries on the North Shore for over 20 years.  She likes her fiction to be believable and her non-fiction to be accessible

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