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  • I really love the way Estleman treats the American West by dealing, not with the honest, square jawed, lawman versus the evil rustler/gunslinger/bank robber, but with everyday people in different vocations who were really the ones who settled the West
  • I heartily recommend this book and others by Estleman

    • by tfedge
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      “The Undertaker’s Wife” is the third book by Loren D. Estleman that I’ve read and so far, it’s my favorite.

      I really love the way Estleman treats the American West by dealing, not with the honest, square jawed, lawman versus the evil rustler/gunslinger/bank robber, but with everyday people in different vocations who were really the ones who settled


      the West.

      This book is from the point of view of Lucy Connable, wife to Richard who was among the most advanced and talented undertakers in the latter part of the nineteenth century.

      It is the story of their life, starting in New York, followed by moving to San Francisco and their subsequent moves east (who would have ...


      • thought), to Hays City, Kansas with Wild Bill Hickok, and ultimately to Ohio.

        Not only is it the story of the Connable’s life, but it is also the story of the end of the Wild West.

        By the book’s end Richard Connable finds he no longer has “clients” full of bullet holes, instead the people are becoming increasingly

        tamer and more and more people are dying in their sleep without bullet holes.

        This book was great to read.

        It deals with an occupation that has been largely ignored in the lore of the Wild West, but a necessary occupation nonetheless.

        Estleman does an excellent job and his writing is well done.

        I heartily recommend this book and others by Estleman.




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