The Book of Murdock

Page Murdock Novels

Loren D. Estleman

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Page Murdock has been many things in his day: a cowhand, a saloonkeeper, a Comanche slave, and, lately, a deputy U.S. marshal. But the one thing the mean-faced, middle-aged gunman never expected to be was a man of the cloth.

Funny how things work out sometimes.

Posing as Brother Bernard Sebastian of the Church of Evangelical Truth, Murdock dons a clerical collar to worm his way into the good graces and confidences of the wary residents of Owen, Texas. Seems a gang of ruthless bandits is terrorizing the Texas panhandle, and all evidence points to the dusty cattle town as their base of operations. Murdock aims to unmask the gang, provided he can pass himself off as a preacher long enough to stay alive.

Imitating a minister troubles his conscience, almost driving him to the Good Book for comfort, and his prickly assignment grows even more complicated when he crosses paths with a shady lady from his past. With one hand on the Bible and the other on his revolver, Murdock navigates shoot-outs and Sunday sermons. He might not be well-versed in the Gospels, but one thing he knows for certain: avenging angels don’t get halos.

The Book of Murdock is an outstanding Western adventure by Page Murdock’s celebrated creator, Loren D. Estleman.

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IJudge Blackthorne’s Epistle to the TexicansONE“How much do you know about the Bible?”“It’s black, isn’t it?”Judge Harlan A. Blackthorne and I were seated in the library of the Helena Stockmen’s Club on Fuller Street, drinking claret with a shard of rye, the Judge’s own concoction, called Old Thunder’s Gavel by the deputies who served him. The only book present was a hollowed-out copy of the Montana Territorial Code containing the pocket model Colt the Judge carried in response to the latest threat against

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“An exciting western loaded with intrigue, suspense, and clever plot twists. . . . This is one of Estleman’s best, a smart, tightly wrapped story about an honest lawman who drinks Old Forester and knows the difference between a Presbyterian and a Unitarian.”—Publishers Weekly on The Book of Murdock


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Loren D. Estleman

Loren D. Estleman is the winner of multiple awards for his Western writing, including five Spurs, two Stirrups, and three Western Heritage Awards. He lives in Whitmore Lake, Michigan.

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The Book of Murdock
Loren D. Estleman

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
March 2010
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ISBN: 9781429934565
ISBN10: 1429934565
272 pages
$7.99
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