Black Powder White Smoke

Black Powder White Smoke

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Baker & Taylor
Freed slave Honey Boutrille and white bandit Twice Emmerson learn that Western justice is not exactly black and white when they cross the line and go on a crime spree.

McMillan Palgrave
Two men, black and white.

In New Orleans, the black man, Honey Boutrille, saves a prostitute’s life by killing her attacker.

In San Francisco, the white man, Twice Emmerson, kills a Chinaman because he likes killing.

These two men go on the lam, and their adventures, nip and tuck through scrape after scrape, are the zest of Loren Estleman’s wildest tale of the West. The protagonists are different as black and white—Honey rough but honorable, Emmerson chaotic and violent. They attract not only the dogs of the law but the avid interest of those who would exploit them. A journalist tracks Honey, eager to turn his life story into a cautionary parable that will chill white readers. A showman seeks Emmerson, cynically eager to sign him to a contract for the stage and create a competitor to Buffalo Bill.

Honey and Emmerson rage through an authentic West drawn with a fierce and gleeful truthfulness, leaving trails of bodies, pursued ever more relentlessly, and moving always toward a central and inescapable meeting place, Denver, Colorado.

The meeting has the scope, inevitability, and shattering power of Greek tragedy.


Baker
& Taylor

Freed slave Honey Boutrille and white bandit Twice Emmerson learn that Western justice is not exactly black and white when they cross the line and go on a crime spree. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765301895
076530189X
Branch Call Number: WEST Estleman, L 2002
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 22 cm

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Jun 07, 2010

Too slow to grab you at the beginning. I gave up.

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