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BILL MARKLEY. Deadwood Dead Men

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BILL MARKLEY. Deadwood Dead Men. Goldminds. Hardcover, 237 pages, $27.99, www.goldmindspub.com.

It is 1876. Custer has just been annihilated and reporter Jack Jones is told by his editor to find General Crook — somewhere on the plains. But first Jones must get to the bottom of sinister events unfolding in Deadwood, the lawless gold town on the frontier. People are turning up dead, and Jones suspects the handiwork of a criminal ring, even wonders if it was involved in the recent murder of Wild Bill Hickok. Real characters, such as Calamity Jane and the working girl Dirty Em, blend seamlessly with fictional ones.  With surprising plot twists and laugh-out-loud scenes, this meticulously researched novel brings Deadwood back to life.

– Nancy Plain