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The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion

The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion

Loren D. Estleman

Forge Books

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Johnny Vermillion's theater troupe brings masterpieces to the Wild West. The four actors are versatile enough to wear many costumes and play many roles. A few props, a little makeup, a costume and--voilà--applause on the rugged frontier.

Johnny also arranges a special attraction for each town. While his actors bustle in and out of costumes, on and off the stage in many roles, one plays the villain in the bank. Then the actors take their curtain calls and railroad away.

Who? Us? Rob a bank? But you saw all of us on stage. When could we have done that?

A Pinkerton man becomes the troupe's severest critic: He notices the news reports of stage performances one day and bank robberies the next. He follows the troupe, packing his suspicions. Finally, he sets a clever trap.

Loren D. Estleman's The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion features one of the most entertaining rogues ever to turn a dishonest dollar. Any audience will love a troupe that can transform A Midsummer Night's Dream into grand larceny.

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Chapter One

Most of what follows took place in the West.

Not just any West.

It was the West of legend and suckling-memory, where drifters caked head to heel with dust swilled red-eye whiskey at long mahogany bars, punching...

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Praise for The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion

“Estleman's prose snaps like fresh linen Treasury bills.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Master Executioner

“What we have here is a true professional, a writer of a sort increasingly rare . . . a craftsman so given to his work as to spontaneously combust to genius.” —Boston Globe on The Master Executioner

“Stylist extraordinaire Estleman shapes sentences like prose poems to the craft at hand, his details sharp as metal shavings, in a voice all his own.” —Kirkus Reviews on Black Powder White Smoke

“Loren Estleman brings high style to his writing; the sentences are things of beauty in and of themselves.” —Tulsa World on The Master Executioner

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About the author

Loren D. Estleman

Loren D. Estleman is the author of more than fifty novels, including the Amos Walker, Page Murdock, and Peter Macklin series. Winner of three Shamus Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, four Spur Awards and many other literary prizes. He lives outside Detroit with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.

Loren D. Estleman

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