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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James D. Best Narrator: Rusty Nelson Publisher: Books In Motion Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781605486437
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In 1879, Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to explore and write a journal about his adventures. Though he's not looking for trouble, Dancy's infatuation with another man's wife soon embroils him in a deadly feud with Sean Washburn, a Nevada silver baron. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 2/15/2014

    " Steve Dancy is a little bit of a superman; he always has the skills he needs to get himself out of a tight spot. That said, he's a nice guy and kept me entertained as I puttered around doing tedious stuff with my hands while my mind could be elsewhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coy | 2/14/2014

    " Classic Western told in an expert and interesting way. Matter of fact, great characters including the main character, kind of cool, clever and even humorous at times. This is a three star plus. It is fast-paced. I read it in one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorin Cary | 1/16/2014

    " Steve Darcy has sold his shop in New York City and heads off to explore the wild west. It is 1879, three years after Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn. Darcy ends up in Pickhandle, Nevada, a silver boom town. Two mine owners, one good, one dastardly, dominate. The bad owner's thugs confront Darcy and urge him to leave town. He seems to fold beneath their crude bullying, but when the good mine owner is about to be killed by the thugs Super Steve emerges. I somehow knew that would happen. Best does it skillfully and Darcy uses his wits and skills he learned in New York business and political circles to deal with the wicked owner. Darcy hires Pinkertons to protect him, knowing that Washburn (the evil owner) has sent a professional assassin to target him. He uses a variety of skills to undercut Washburn's position, including inducing a prominent rancher and former state senator to run for governor against Washburn's candidate. The rancher is killed, leaving a lovely widow at the mercy of her nasty, spiteful mother-in-law. Steve is smitten by the widow. Whether he will triumph with the widow is not clear but he does take out Washburn. Steve Darcy is a resourceful character, well-develped and consistently present. And engaging story with some nice twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Sakalauskas | 1/15/2014

    " First time I've read a western in a long while. First of all he made the right choice for a cover. It is not ofter one sees a black and white photo, but it is appropriate for 1879. It's the white hats against the black hats, where men are men and in this case, so are the women, at least two of them. I enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Rochester | 1/13/2014

    " I read widely and deeply, but it's been a while since I read a western - the last were "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey and "All the Pretty Horses" by Cormac McCarthy. Admittedly, McCarthy is the more intellectual and artistic, and Gray is nuts-and-bolts. James Best's "The Shopkeeper" falls between the two. I really enjoyed the work and felt Best created a believable West of 1879, although it was short on exterior description. That was more than compensated by the great characterizations. It was interesting to learn more than I had previously known about the Pinkertons and come away with a somewhat more positive attitude toward them - more than just mercenaries, in many respects officers of the law when sheriffs and marshals were few and far between. Steve Dancy struck me as a character similar to Paladin from the "Have Gun, Will Travel" radio and TV shows, and that endeared me to him. It was a great story that kept me turning pages at just the right speed with enough plot twists and turns to sustain the prevailing question, "What's gonna happen next?" What will happen next is I will surely read more Steve Dancy novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/11/2014

    " Rarely read cowboy novels, but enjoyed this one. Easy to read and follow and a good one for when traveling and in the airport. Will read the next one in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindaq | 1/5/2014

    " Very good western fiction. Fast paced story. A very clever plot, not the usual western story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Jane Thomas | 1/1/2014

    " Good pacing. Engaging characters. Fun adventure. I liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/27/2013

    " Fun vacation read - will read more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig S. | 12/25/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. Will try a couple of his other books not a dificult read,but recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 10/27/2013

    " Good fun read, kept guessing as to what was going to happen. Picked it for Book Club, though I can't find any discussion questions for it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Hogan | 10/19/2013

    " I dont usually read westerns, but I enjoyed this book and read it in its entirety. (maybe because the protaganist was not your typical gunslinger). The book had just enough romance, intrigue, and historical fiction to keep me interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/11/2013

    " Well written and fast-paced story about the Old West. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 9/18/2013

    " Way more than a western. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 8/14/2013

    " This story took awhile to hold my interest, but then grew on me. I do like the writing style, and it is nice to find a current writer of westerns. Not your typical hero, for sure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 7/5/2013

    " It's a great western. It's fast paced and a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 6/27/2013

    " This could be the start of a series. I really enjoyed this western. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/10/2013

    " This is a fine Western, along the lines of a good McMurty book. I believe that it is James Best's finest book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn | 10/17/2012

    " I really liked that the author made all of his writing relevant without a bunch of unnecessary dialogue. A good western with a likeable main character and a few surprising plot twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 8/2/2012

    " I haven't read a western in a LOOOONG time. This book was well written and the story kept me interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 6/30/2012

    " I really liked this book. It was very well written, with good characters and storyline. The way of life in the wild west and surrounding wilderness was presently well, I was totally immersed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Shake | 4/27/2012

    " This book was a very entertaining read, but it was also very formulaic (as Westerns are meant to be--I suppose). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaye Cremer | 1/25/2012

    " quick easy read - pretty implausible parts to the story and the whole Easterner gone west - fastidious dressing gun fighter story line is far fetched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhod | 6/19/2011

    " The story was pretty good - not a classic, but worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 5/23/2011

    " I haven't read a western in a LOOOONG time. This book was well written and the story kept me interested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 4/3/2011

    " This book was a very entertaining read, but it was also very formulaic (as Westerns are meant to be--I suppose). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn | 3/4/2011

    " I really liked that the author made all of his writing relevant without a bunch of unnecessary dialogue. A good western with a likeable main character and a few surprising plot twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coy | 11/27/2010

    " Classic Western told in an expert and interesting way. Matter of fact, great characters including the main character, kind of cool, clever and even humorous at times. This is a three star plus. It is fast-paced. I read it in one day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 10/27/2010

    " Good fun read, kept guessing as to what was going to happen. Picked it for Book Club, though I can't find any discussion questions for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 8/26/2010

    " Good pacing. Engaging characters. Fun adventure. I liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/20/2010

    " This story took awhile to hold my interest, but then grew on me. I do like the writing style, and it is nice to find a current writer of westerns. Not your typical hero, for sure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 3/5/2010

    " This could be the start of a series. I really enjoyed this western. "

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