In 1919, on the eve of Prohibition, Bat Masterson, legendary gunfighter and a sports columnist in New York for two decades, is ill and thinking of his youth as a frontier lawman. He is bothered by the legendry that has dogged his footsteps, and on impulse he heads west with his wife, Emma, to revisit his past. Traveling back to Dodge City, through Colorado, and on to Los Angeles, Masterson ponders the legend that he has become and the elusive truth behind the lies. As America shifts into a new era, can one man reclaim his life from dime novelists and make sense of a story whose truths may never be known?
This was an incredible read! Its fiction but based on as much reality as the author could dig up. I was interested because I feel in love with the Bat Masterson television programs and had a ball watching them he was such an honest law abiding person in a lawless frontier --- the story was sort of sad but the World that Bat and Emma traveled back into was not the world that they had lived in at all some places didnt want to know anything of the frontier so many were so industrialized --- I dont believe hed like our World of today at all --- with all the new contraptions etc. that have evolved! This was a wonderful, warm, learning story that I believe every little cowboy or girl of today would read with understanding!
Excellent novel about a trip Bat Masterson never took to revisit the American West haunts of his youth. He and his wife visit the grave of Doc Holliday in Colorado and chat with Wyatt Earp in Los Angeles. Bat gets a bit part in a silent film.
A wonderful novelization of the life and times of Bat Masterson. As an ill old man, he and his wife Emma, take a journey back to the places of his youth, on a trip to discover how and why he became famous. A really good read!
Batt Masterson travels back to the ledgend of his past.
Bat Masterson,legendary gunfighter, is ill and thinking of his youth and wants to revisit his past so he and his wife travel west. Masterson ponders the legend he has become and the elusive truth behind the lies.