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On July 14, 1882, the notorious Texas gunman, John Peters Ringo, was found beneath a blackjack oak tree some distance from Tombstone, Arizona, with a bullet in his head. Colonel Henry Hooker, Billy Breakenridge, Wyatt Earp, and Doc Holliday were all suspected of doing him in, but charges were never brought against anyone. Was this going to be an unsolved mystery? The answer could lie in this blending of fact with fiction woven into the lives of these famous characters of the Old West, and those of the less-well-known Frank Buckskin Leslie, bartender, part-time army scout, and awesome gunfighter; the woman he wanted-the beautiful and fiercely independent Nell Cashman; and Louis Hancock, a big, black rancher determined to avenge a heinous crime.
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The author has been an adventure film producer and lecturer, and a past director of the Los Angeles Adventurers Club. He has traveled extensively throughout South America, Africa, Mexico, and the southwestern United States, and through his numerous appearances on television here and abroad, became known as The Legend Hunter, which is the title of his memoir from Sunstone Press. He rafted down the Amazon River, is credited with the discovery of a Pre-Inca city in the Andes Mountains of Peru, and the discovery of Spanish Conquistador armor once exhibited at the Southwestern Museum in Los Angeles. Romain Wilhelmsen also made international news after being attacked by bandits while exploring in the mountains of Columbia, and wounded in the gunfight which ensued. His accounts of these exploits have been published in a number or men's magazines. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and presently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Jane Bower.From Publishers Weekly:
Countless books and thousands of pages have been written about the 30-second gunfight at the O.K. Corral, but first-time novelist Wilhelmsen's revisionist western adds a touch of romance, whimsy and mystery to the oft-told tale. Much gunsmoke and kicked-up dust helped confuse the facts, leaving Wilhelmsen free to fictionalize about the Earp-Clanton feud in Tombstone, Ariz., in the 1880s. While Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday square off against the Clantons, McLaurys and other owlhoots of the Cowboy Ring, other notorious western characters oil their holsters and load up their pistols for a little mayhem and frontier fun. Frank "Buckskin" Leslie, famed army scout and star-crossed bartender in Tombstone, has the hots for Nell Cashman, a strong-willed businesswoman with no place in her kind heart for a man like Frank. Murderous gunman Johnny Ringo is tormented by his own dark secrets and can't imagine the terror that awaits him at the end of his trail. And one-eyed rancher Louis Hancock aches to settle an old score as brutally as he can. As in the lead-slinging dime novels of the Old West, there is a lot of entertaining fluff here, and a weakness for corny cowboy clich?s, as when "The old cattle rustler bit the dust right then and there." Wilhelmsen's vivid imagination roams on a loose leash and comes upon as good a solution as any to the unsolved mystery of Johnny Ringo's death. Domestic rights, Maria Carvainis Agency; foreign rights, Daniel Bial Literary Agency. (Apr.) FYI: Wilhelmsen's extensive and perilous travels and much-publicized adventures (on TV and in men's magazines) have earned him the nickname "The Legend Hunter."
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