Monday, October 5, 2009

The Shopkeeper Review & Giveaway

The Shopkeeper - A Steve Dancy Tale
by James D. Best
Published December 2007

In 1879, Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to explore and write a journal about his adventures. Though he's not looking for trouble, Dancy's infatuation with another man's wife soon embroils him in a deadly feud with Sean Washburn, a Nevada silver baron.

Infuriated by the outrages of two hired thugs, the shopkeeper kills both men in an impulsive street fight. Dancy believes this barbarian act has closed the episode. He is wrong. He has interfered with Washburn's ambitions, and this is something the mining tycoon will not allow.

Pinkertons, hired assassins, and aggrieved bystanders escalate the feud until it pulls in all the moneyed interests and power brokers in Nevada. Can the former city slicker settle accounts without losing his life in the process?

One could never call me an expert of the Western genre, but I did grow up with a Grandpa who loved Spaghetti Westerns and read Louis L'Amour. And now I find myself living in Nevada, searching for an enormous wooden wagon wheel to use as art in my living room, and reading books like The Shopkeeper. Go figure.

But The Shopkeeper is a page turner and James Best is a great story teller. It's also evident that he has done his homework. Best captures the harsh landscape of Nevada in the late 1800s and the brutality of the American West. The characters are well developed but, as this appears to be the first in a series of Steve Dancy books, I expect that they will become even more flushed out as the series continues. I especially loved the brash female characters and hope that old Mrs. Bolton rears her ugly head in his next book, Leadville. I always fall for the villain and she is stupendously malevolent. The protagonist, Steve Dancy, isn't so much of a hero as he is an anti-hero. Wealthy, intelligent, self-enterprising and murderous. These characteristics shift as the plot thickens and as Dancy matches wits, trades bullets and tries to stay alive long enough to end his feud with the silver baron who wants him dead.

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54 comments:

slb3334 said...

City slickers

ky2here said...

The 3 burials of Melquiades Estrada.

sweetsue said...

Lonesome Dove is my favorite Western book-it's wonderful!
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Amber said...

My favorite western is anything with John Wayne!
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Wife&Mommy said...

Why young guns of cours!
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Deedles said...

I would have to say High Plains Drifter.

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Thank you!

Alice H said...

I love the western movie High Noon - a classic! Thanks - alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

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Anonymous said...

Back to the Future Part 3

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Mary said...

Lonesome Dove

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Anonymous said...

I loved Lonsome Dove-
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Nickolay said...

Unforgiven

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erma said...

Lonesome Dove is my favorite.
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sibabe64 said...

The good the bad and the ugly, and Unforgiven

missrantsypants said...

The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

I think I got the name right, haha, Its a mouthful.

But Casey Affleck was amazing in it.

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Anonymous said...

"Stagecoach"!

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Outlaw Josey Wales!

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sherri419 said...

I grew up watching westerns with my dad and the first "adult" book I read was one of his Louis Lamour books. I really like High Plains Drifter and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. Thanks!

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SandyM204 said...

My fave is Lonesome DOve...the friendship between those two men was something to be admired. If I only had a friend that loyal...

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I like the
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Tomestone

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Renee said...

Unforgiven--Clint Eastwood

Daniel M said...

i really like tombstone (kurt russel val kilmer) - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Schlauberger said...

Tombstone

Jinxy and Me said...

I liked Legends of the Fall

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Carol EL said...

High Noon-the original,it's a classic. jelly15301@gmail.com

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Diana D said...

My husband loved Shane. We watch it at least a couple of times a year. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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angie said...

I love Lengends of the Fall. I just watched it again last night. :)


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Gabriel J. said...

I love John Wayne.

Jackee Ann said...

High Noon is my favorite, it is a classic!
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Renee said...

John Wayne movies were the deal when I was growing up. :)

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My favorite western movie is "The Wild Bunch"!

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kathy pease said...

i love legends of the fall with brad pitt

Becky said...

High Noon...

liliesrnice said...

i loved the book Lonesome Dove. i didn't think i would as westerns aren't my thing but i thought i'd give it a try and loved it.

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Stagecoach with John Wayne is my favorite Western novie. garrettsambo@aol.com

bridget3496 said...

I have to go with legends of the fall too

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lilyk said...

My favorite Western movie is Unforgiven.

twifanheather said...

My favorite western movie is Giant!

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