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Ragtime Cowboys

Loren D. Estleman

Forge Books

In prohibition-era Southern California, real life detectives Charles D. Siringo and Dashiell Hammett must solve a mystery involving a ruthless politician—Joseph P. Kennedy. With sharp dialogue and rich historical background, Ragtime Cowboys is an exciting, suspenseful tale in which the Old West and Hollywood collide.

Los Angeles, 1921: Ex-Pinkerton Charlie Siringo is living in quiet retirement when Wyatt Earp knocks on his door and asks him to track down his missing horse. What begins as horse thievery turns into a deeper mystery as Siringo and another ex-Pinkerton, the young Dashiell Hammett, follow clues that take them from the streets of Los Angeles to Jack London's farm, until they discover a conspiracy masterminded by the notorious and powerful Joseph P. Kennedy.

From the first page to the closing chapter, these ragtime cowboys chase the truth in Loren D. Estleman's compelling tale of the Old West and early Hollywood.

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There was nothing wrong with his eyes.
He watched a coyote lift its leg against the base of the HOLLYWOODLAND sign a quarter-mile away from his window. Men half his age would need binoculars just to identify the animal. And he was watching through stripes the rain made in the chalky dust from the gypsum refinery down the street. It was like trying to make out his reflection in a mirror streaked with toothpaste.
No, there was nothing wrong with his eyes; but he’d trade one for a new set of joints and one good piss.
Just then the roof sprang a new leak. The
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  • Loren D. Estleman

  • LOREN D. ESTLEMAN is the author of more than seventy novels, most recently Ragtime Cowboys, Don't Look for Me, The Confessions of Al Capone and Roy & Lillie: A Love Story. He has won four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards, among others. He lives with his wife, author Deborah Morgan, in central Michigan.

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