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The year is 1878 peak of the Texas cattle trade The place is Dodge City Kansas a saloon filled cow town jammed with liuored up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers Violence is random and routine but when the burned body of a mixed blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered his death shocks a part time policeman named Wyatt Earp And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday the frail twenty six year old dentist who has just opened an office at No 24 Dodge HouseBeautifully educated born to the life of a Southern gentleman Dr John Henry Holliday is given an awful choice at the age of twenty two die within months in Atlanta or leave everyone and everything he lo. ”He began to die when he was twenty one but tuberculosis is slow and sly and subtle The disease took fifteen years to hollow out his lungs so completely they could not longer keep him alive In all that time he was allowed a single season of something like happiness” Doc HollidayThis is the story of John Henry “Doc” Holliday He is a lunger a gambler a fornicator a gentleman a killer a dentist and an accomplished piano player He was a man capable of great violence one moment and compassionate kindness in the next He was easily slighted Any perceived slur against his honor would elicit stinging wit if you were lucky or if he was too drunk to lash you properly with his tongue a drawn gun He was a loyal friend and a dangerous enemy Dodge City 1878 It doesn’t look like much does itThis is also the story of Dodge City in 1878 At this time the town is filled with cowboys from Texas with wallets full of money and a lot of trail dust to shake out of their clothes The reason that Doc Holliday Big Nose Kate and the Earps are there is to relieve those cowboys of as much of that money as they can James Earp and his wife Bessie are running a bordello Doc Holliday is playing poker and performing his dentistry on the side Morgan Earp is a lawman His brother Wyatt is a part time law officer making most of his money off of the two dollar bounty on each arrest he makes There are plenty of arrests to be made It was a fine line the Earps had to walk between keeping people safe and letting the cowboys have their fun Too many busted heads and the Texans would elect to spend their money elsewhere Mary Katherine Harony also spelled Horony Haroney and Horoney was born to a Hungarian physician who became the personal doctor of Maximilian I For those that don’t know things did not go well for Max and the Harony family had to move to the United States In Iowa her parent’s died within months of each other leaving her and her sister orphans At 16 Kate ran away from her foster home and found as do most runaways today that one of the few options available to a young girl to make money was to trade her virtue to slack the desires of men When she met up with Doc in Texas there were fireworks of the lust kind and of the fighting tooth and nail kind Doc was an educated man and he would have to look a long time for a woman south of the Mississippi that could match him uote for uote like KateShe talked him into going to Kansas ”We should move to Dodge” she decidedWe he thought“Kansas” he said as though she were mad and that settled it“That’s where the money is”“Suit yourself” he told her “but I am not goin’ to Kansas”“Sera in fondo parsimonia” she warnedSeneca he thought Thrift awaits at the bottom of an empty purseHer Latin was always a treatShe bucked him up when he felt stage fright before a big poker game ”Drive the stake into Cyclops’ eye early Word would get around Her Greek was better than Doc’s but she knew he would recognize the uote ‘Enter Fearlessly’ she recited ‘However foreign a man may be in every crisis it is the high face that will carry him through’ “Brazen it out” he translated“Words to live by” she told him“Easy for Athena to say” Big Nose Kate not a great beauty but certainly intriguingMary Doria Russell really puts flesh on the bones of the characters but also on the nuances of Doc and Kate’s relationship ”When I am sick” he told them softly “she fears that I will die and she will end up on the street When my health improves she fears that I will go back to Georgia and she knows I will not take her home to the family” He glanced at the others”Strikin’ a balance eludes me”Doc would h
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Doc By Mary Doria RusseIday and Wyatt Earp really begins before Wyatt Earp is the prototype of the suare jawed fearless lawman; before Doc Holliday is the uintessential frontier gambler; before the gunfight at the OK Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology when neither man wanted fame or deserved notorietyAuthentic moving and witty Maria Doria Russell’s fifth novel redefines these two towering figures of the American West and brings to life an extraordinary cast of historical characters including Holliday’s unforgettable companion Kate First and last however Doc is John Henry Holliday’s story written with compassion humor and respect by one of our greatest contemporary storytellers. An absolutely stunning novel Now for Russell's follow up 'Epitaph'