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He had arrived in America in 1887, but we first met him in 1906 when it seemed he may be approaching the end of his story, for he has been arrested from blowing up the ex-governor of Idaho, a murder which lead to one of the most celebrated trials of the period. The men questioning him wan t him to implicate Big Bill Haywood, leader of the IWW and the Western Federation of Miners. Wanting to save himself, he tells the detectives stories they want to hear. He also tells stories he wants us to hear. They are not always the same, but they are all true stories of the American West. His subsequent experiences, as he flees further west, pursued by Pinkerton detectives, provide a story of violence and class conflict found neither in the Wild West Show, nor in the dime novels. He finds himself increasingly entangled in an American West which is dangerously too real, and a fate which has led him to a cold prison cell and the threat of the gallows.
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Bill Albert was born in New York and grew up in Southern California. He moved to England in 1964 and until recently taught history at the university in Norwich, where he still lives with his wife, his young daughter, and occasionally their other four children. Besides writing, he is active in the disability movement. His first novel, Desert Blues, was published in 1994.Review:
When we first meet Meyer Lieberman, he's sitting in an Idaho jail, accused of murder. Meyer, a mute, begins to write out his life story. It begins in New York in 1887 where, as the adopted son of a prosperous Jewish family, he consistently disappoints his parents. After running away from home, he is assaulted on the street and left mute by his assailants, only to be nursed back to health by the Indians of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Soon he's on the road with his new family, earning his keep by writing letters for Buffalo Bill. It's Meyer's penchant for writing stories that keeps him immersed in trouble and then extricates him from it. This is a western novel with the most unique protagonist one is ever likely to encounter. Meyer is funny, self-aware, courageous, compassionate, and in his own fashion, tough as nails. He survives a harsh land via his wits and his single skill-letter writing-which proves to be every bit as useful (and a hell of a lot more interesting) than a quick draw and a sharp aim. Western fans expecting standard six - gun justice" will be pleasantly surprised. -- Booklist, February 15, 1996
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