Book Reviews of Elmer McCurdy: The Misadventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw

Elmer McCurdy: The Misadventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw
Elmer McCurdy The Misadventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw
Author: Mark Svenvold
ISBN-13: 9780465083480
ISBN-10: 046508348X
Publication Date: 10/2002
Pages: 304
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2.5 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Basic Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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What begins as a dark joke - a 100 year-old corpse being used as a fun-house dummy - turns into a wry, riveting look at the corpse's journey. Elmer McCurdy was a real life Oklahoma outlaw, a ne'er-do-well whose blundering led him precisely nowhere until he ended up in a forensics lab decades after his actual death. Full of humor and beautifully researched, "Elmer McCurdy" is a great read. Svenvold's style is loose yet casual, full of funny asides and interesting historical tidbits.