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Contention and other frontier stories : a Five Star anthology
1st ed.
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347 pages ; 23 cm.
Contention / Eddie and the stranger / The deserter / A full moon at noon / The medicine robe / Mary, Mary, quite contrary / Darlings of the dust / Pimple / Bullwhacker / Ih-Tedda's son / Aces and eights / Jericho Springs / Buryin' Ruby / A grave too many / Frank & Jessie / Barquette of the XP / Running iron
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Contention and Other Frontier Stories, edited by Hazel Rumney, features seventeen brand-new stories that will delight historical fiction fans. These stories capture the spirit of freedom and individualism in the evolving American frontier through the early 1900s and feature exciting new characters who face life-changing challenges in settings that are in stark contrast to civilized society. Ranging from high-action traditional Westerns to introspective historical dramas set in the American West, readers will discover the amount of courage and tenacity it took to survive the tumultuous frontier. In this anthology, you'll enjoy discovering stories by New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors such as Loren D. Estleman, Johnny D. Boggs, Michael Zimmer, Max McCoy, John D. Nesbitt, Preston Lewis, Rod Miller, W. Michael Farmer, Greg Hunt, Bill Brooks, Tim Champlin, Robert D. McKee, Michael R. Ritt, Kathleen Morris, Vonn McKee, John Neely Davis, and Marcia Gaye. --


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Loren D. Estleman was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on September 15, 1952. He received a B.A. in English literature and journalism from Eastern Michigan University in 1974. He spent several years as a reporter on the police beat before leaving to write full time in 1980. He wrote book reviews for such newspapers as The New York Times and The Washington Post and contributed articles to such periodicals as TV Guide.

He is a writer of mysteries and westerns. His first novel was published in 1976 and since then he has published more than 70 books including the Amos Walker series, Writing the Popular Novel, Roy and Lillie: A Love Story, The Confessions of Al Capone, and a The Branch and the Scaffold. He received four Shamus Awards from the Private Eye Writers of America, five Golden Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America, the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement from Western Writers of America, and the Michigan Author's Award in 1997.

(Bowker Author Biography) He lives in Whitmore Lake, Michigan.

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Booklist Review

This anthology of seventeen short stories by notable Western-genre authors doesn't hold back: the settings are often bleak, the characters are often down-on-their-luck, and the themes are often bitter and painful. None of that should deter the adventurous reader. Editor Rumney selected well-written, thought-provoking, emotional stories, and while the overall collection will undoubtedly resonate, there is certain to be at least one story that makes an indelible impression. (""The Deserter,"" and Loren D. Estleman's description of the futility of war, is a likely candidate.) Still, the stories aren't without levity. The physical descriptions of frontier ballplayers (and the tender portrayal of baseball itself) in Johnny D. Boggs' Contention will make any fan of America's favorite pastime smile. And the ending to Michael R. Ritt's Aces and Eights will make the reader gasp and laugh in quick succession. It is difficult to discern a unifying theme to the collection, other than historical fiction set on the frontier, but regardless, this is a Western-focused anthology with staying power.--Sarah Steers Copyright 2019 Booklist

Table of Contents

Johnny D. BoggsVonn McKeeLoren D. EstlemanMarcia GayeMichael ZimmerKathleen MorrisJohn D. NesbittJohn Neely DavisRod MillerW. Michael FarmerMichael R. RittMax McCoyGreg HuntPreston LewisBill BrooksTim ChamplinRobert D. McKee
Contentionp. 9
Eddie and the Strangerp. 35
The Deserterp. 51
A Full Moon at Noonp. 69
The Medicine Robep. 81
Mary, Mary, Quite Contraryp. 101
Darlings of the Dustp. 113
Pimplep. 133
Bullwhackerp. 147
IH-Tedda's Sonp. 165
Aces and Eightsp. 183
Jericho Springsp. 205
Buryin' Rubyp. 229
A Grave Too Manyp. 249
Frank & Jessep. 275
Barquette of the XPp. 305
Running Ironp. 327