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Aces & Eights

The Legend of Wild Bill Hickok

Loren D. Estleman

Forge Books

Dead Man's Hand

No one paid any mind to Jack McCall as he unloaded a .44 caliber slug into Wild Bill Hickok's brain at point-blank range. Deadwood's legendary gunslinging marshal was dead, holding a poker hand of aces and eights, a dead man's hand.

The question the law wanted to know: was McCall a hired killer or did he kill Hickok to avenge his brother's death?

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Chapter 1
 
 
General John Quincy Adams Crandall," read the lean man slouched in the stuffed leather armchair, that day's edition of the Yankton Daily press and Dakotaian spread in sixteen gray columns in front of his face. "What's he general of?"

"No one seems to know! But they tell me he turns all sorts of colors if you fail to address him by that title." The speaker, a tweed-suited Southerner with a pouched face and an unruly shock of red hair shot with gray, blew a cloud from his snuff box and inhaled it, all of it. Not a grain floated to the polished wood floor of
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"Quicksilver dialogue, incisive characterizations, and canny interweaving of observations and events. Estleman's eye, ear and hand are in perfect sync."--Washington Post Book World on The Detroit Series

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Loren D. Estleman

  • Loren D. Estleman was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA degree in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. In 2002, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters for his contribution to American literature.

    He is the author of more than fifty novels in the categories of mystery, historical western, and mainstream, and has received four Western Writers of American Golden Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, and three Shamus Awards. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Britain's Silver Dagger, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, the mammoth Encyclopedia of Detective Fiction named him the most critically acclaimed writer of U.S. detective
  • Loren D. Estleman Deborah Morgan
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The Legend of Wild Bill Hickok

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