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JAMES D. BEST. The Shopkeeper, A Steve Dancy Tale

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JAMES D. BEST. The Shopkeeper, A Steve Dancy Tale. Wheatmark. Paperback, 240 pages, $12.95, wheatmark.com. 

In 1879, Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to explore and write a journal about his adventures. Infuriated by the outrages of two hired thugs, the shopkeeper kills both men in an impulsive street fight. Dancy believes this barbarian act has closed the episode. He is wrong. Pinkertons, hired assassins, and aggrieved bystanders escalate the feud until it pulls in all the moneyed interests and power brokers in Nevada.