a Deane Adams five-shot
like the one Page Murdock uses.
Photo: Deborah Morgan
Where is Estleman, anyway?
Typically, he's at his
1950 manual typewriter
working on the next novel.
Otherwise, look for him at events listed here:
Who is Estleman?
Interested in more about
the man behind the words?
THE BOOK OF MURDOCK
Forge Books, $23.99 ISBN 978-0-7653-1600-4
western and mystery writer Estleman (The Branch and the Scaffold)
combines the best of both in his 43rd novel, an exciting western
loaded with intrigue, suspense, and clever plot twists. Deputy
U.S. Marshal Page Murdock is sent to Texas in 1884 to capture
a gang of armed robbers. The wrinkle is that Murdock must go
disguised as a traveling preacher, toting a Bible in one hand
and a pistol in the other. Murdock gets a less than pious crash
course of instruction from a defrocked priest and a wily evangelist,
then assumes the role of Brother Bernard Sebastian of the Church
of Evangelical Truth. Whiskey-drinking Murdock isn't exactly
suited for the clergy, and his cover begins to unravel when he
meets a former lady friend, a sheep rancher with a touchy history,
and a stone-cold Texas Ranger. A series of ambushes and deaths
build to a churchly gun battle where everybody is throwing lead
and dropping dead. 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.
. 2004 . ISBN 0765301903
on the Barbary Coast!
. 2000 . ISBN 031286969X
Paperback: FORGE BOOKS . 2001 . ISBN 0812584368
a vicious gang into the snowbound Canadian north.
CITY OF WIDOWS
. 1994 . ISBN 0312856679
Paperback: FORGE BOOKS . 1995 . ISBN 0812535383
to run a saloon in a New Mexico bordertown, where he rekindles
an old flame and runs afoul of the crooked sheriff.
- THE STRANGLERS
- DOUBLEDAY .
1984 . ISBN 0385193262
- BERKLEY BOOKS
. September 1999 . ISBN 0515125709
- The deputy
U.S. marshal takes on a corrupt marshal, his two brothers, and
a band of outlaws who specialize in lynching peace officers.
1982 . ISBN 038517957X
Paperback: FORGE BOOKS . 1997 . ISBN 0812535391
In order to
tame a wild Montana town, Murdock must
first tame the local law.
Hardcover: Doubleday . 1980 . ISBN 0385155638
Paperback: FORGE BOOKS . 1997 . ISBN 0812535693
When the U.S. Army
fails to capture a renegade Cheyenne chief in Dakota, Murdock
is ordered to succeed.
Back to index:
THE HIGH ROCKS
BOOKS . 1996 . ISBN 0812535669
BOOK AWARD NOMINEE
Murdock is assigned
to bring to justice a legendary scalphunter terrorizing Indians
in Montana's Bitterroot Mountains.
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