Redeye: A Western

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Algonquin Books, 1995 - Fiction - 244 pages
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In Red Eye, Clyde Edgerton leads us back in time to turn-of-the-century Colorado, where a motley crew of innocents and scoundrels, visionaries and vultures tells us How the West Was Made Safe for Free Enterprise. The scene is pueblo country and the man with the plan is Billy Blankenship, frontier entrepreneur. Blankenship aims to turn the newly discovered Native American cliff dwellings of Mesa Largo into America's first Roadside Attraction. He enlists the aid of North Carolina embalmer P.J. Copeland in the (ahem) undertaking. The unrepentantly polygamist bishop has other plans for the dwelling - that is, if the bounty hunter doesn't get him first. The basis of this astounding new novel is historical truth - that, in 1857, a troop of Mormons using Indian wiles attacked a wagon train of pioneers near Salt Lake City. Orders from Brigham Young were to leave none alive to tell the tale. Edgerton has a keen sense of the dark undercurrents of the West. He knows that there were, on both sides of right and wrong, several "left to tell the tale."

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User Review  - HarryMacDonald - LibraryThing

Very droll: exactly what you'd expect from the cover-art. Only reason I didn't give it the fifth star was this: despite my enjoyment of it, I find that I have managed to live almost twenty years ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The first of Edgerton's novels set outside North Carolina: a slim western tale as entertaining and lively as his five previous books (In Memory of Junior, 1992, etc.). Inspired by some real-life ... Read full review



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Clyde Edgerton was born on May 20, 1944 in Durham, North Carolina. He received a B.A. in English education in 1966, a M.A.T. in English education in 1972, and a Ph.D in curriculum and instruction in 1977, all from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Hi first novel, Raney, was published in 1985. His other novels include Walking Across Egypt, Killer Diller, Where Trouble Sleeps, Lunch at the Piccadilly, The Bible Salesman, and The Night Train. He has also written a book of advice entitled Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers and a memoir entitled Solo, My Adventures in the Air. He has received several awards including the Lyndhurst Prize and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

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