Dark Passage: A Barnaby Skye Novel

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Macmillan, 1998 - Fiction - 318 pages
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It is 1831 and Barnaby Skye, the deserter from the British Royal Navy and now a seasoned trapper in the Rocky Mountains, accompanies his Crow wife, Mary Quill Woman -- whom he calls "Victoria" -- to her village on the Yellowstone. There, Victoria succumbs to the entreaties of Jim Beckwourth, the much-honored and wealthy mulatto war chief of the Crows, and accompanies Beckwourth on a raid among the most feared of all the mountain tribes, the Blackfeet.

When Victoria is abducted by the Bloods, the deadliest band of Blackfeet, Skye trails her across the border into Canada, where he is still wanted for deserting his ship at Fort Vancouver four years ago. But in an ironic turnabout, Skye himself is taken prisoner by the Bloods, and it is Victoria who now must escape her captors to free the man she truly loves.

 

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DARK PASSAGE

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Winner of the Spur Award and author of more than 30 novels (Flint's Truth, The Buffalo Crossing, both p. 526), with Dark Passage his third this year, Wheeler has deepened over time and is now in top ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Richard S. (Shaw) Wheeler was born in Milwaukee in 1935 and grew up in nearby Wauwatosa. Wheeler spent three years in Hollywood in the mid-50s, where he worked in a record store and took acting lessons while struggling as a screenwriter. He eventually returned home, and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He spent over a decade as a newspaperman, working as an editorial writer for the Phoenix Gazette, editorial page editor for the Oakland, California, Tribune, reporter on the Nevada Appeal in Carson City, and reporter and assistant city editor for the Billings, Montana, Gazette. In 1972, he turned to book editing, working in all for four publishers through 1987. As an editor for Walker & Company he edited twelve Western novels a year. Sandwiched between editing stints, in the mid-70s he worked at the Rancho de la Osa dude ranch in Sasabe, Arizona, on the Mexican border. There, in the off season, he experimented with his own fiction and wrote his first novel, Bushwack, published by Doubleday in 1978. Five more Western novels followed Bushwack before Wheeler was able to turn to writing full time: Beneath the Blue Mountain (1979), Winter Grass (1983), Sam Hook (1986), Richard Lamb (1987) and Dodging Red Cloud (1987).

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