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Dec 06, 2011
| ISBN 9781101559239
Dec 06, 2011 | ISBN 9781101559239
“Winding Stair is True Grit for grown-ups… A significant and highly entertaining contribution to the popular literature of the American West.”—The New York Times Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1890, is a haven of justice presiding over thousands of square miles known as the Indian Nation, a land that harbors the most hardened criminals in the country. When a woman is found murdered, young attorney Eben Pay, newly arrived to the territory, is pulled into a posse that follows a trail of blood and destruction. Among the dead he discovers a survivor, the beautiful, traumatized Jennie Thrasher, and the question of what she witnessed hangs like a storm cloud over the investigation. From the trial to the courtroom, Winding Stair is a classic historical novel that brings to vivid life a bygone era.
Douglas C. Jones was a three-time winner of the Western Writers of America’s Golden Spur Award, as well as the recipient of their Owen Wister Award of Lifetime Achievement. A native of Arkansas, Jones died in 1998.
"Winding Stair is True Grit for grown-ups… Jones relies on none of the usual Western trappings; he eschews stereotypes… The historical research is seamless-the story never slows down to admit dull exposition. Winding Stair convinces, utterly, that this is how life must have been in that place at that time… a significant and highly entertaining contribution to the popular literature of the American West." — The New York Times"Stunning…excellent…superb…You’ll not forget it very soon." — Chicago Sun-Times"A classic Western novel in the finest sense of that often abused term… spare, tough and honest." — Houston Post"Jones is a meticulous craftsman whose dialects, dialogues, settings, and sayings seem so ‘right’ and natural that one has the satisfying feeling of having read a novel without one ‘false note.’" — San Francisco Sunday Examiner
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