In 1876 William "[Buffalo] Bill" [Hickok] and Charley Utter rode into Deadwood, a hellish frontier settlement in the Black Hills. Bill died there, victim of a possibly demented assassin. Fortunately, this is mostly the story of his constant companion, Charley, a man of sapient insight and, though less famous than his friend, of extensive and varied experience. Charley, Bill, their acquaintance the Bottle Fiend, and later Bill's widow Agnes and mourner Calamity Jane saw some remarkable things in Deadwood and raised considerable Cain. By turns heroic, ludicrous, vicious, pathetic, and infuriating, the exotic citizens of Deadwood grab the reader's interest immediately and never let go. Highly recommended for its deadpan, offbeat, credible frontier anarchy. Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
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“If you want to call Deadwood a Western, you might as well call The House of Mirth chick lit. Dexter looked at the dark, twisted, ridiculous doings of Bill Hickok and company, said to himself, ‘I recognize that!’ and gave us a world-class entertainment.” —Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections“Unpredictable, hyperbolic and, page after page, uproarious; a joshing book written in high spirits and a raw appreciation of the past.” --The New York Times Book Review“Splendid. . . . Rumor put straight. . . . A carefully researched knitting of events into their most dazzling fabric.” --The Philadelphia Inquirer“Deadwood may well be the best western ever written.” —The Washington Post Book World"What deepens and darkens [Dexter's] writing, so that art is the precise word to describe it, is a powerful understanding that character rules, that we live with our weaknesses and die of our strengths." --Time"Dexter is a master of colloquial poetry, of moods revealed through gestures and settings." --Playboy "One of the greatest American writers... a storyteller who cuts straight to the nerve." --Scott L. Turow"Dexter's strongest suit is his exquisite understanding of the finely meshed engines of greed, appetite, and interest." --The New York Times Book Review"Great, eccentric characters....Dexter's writing is a living thing." --USA TodaySee all Product Description
Dexter's ability to marry character and language is delightful. He is one of those rare writers who can portray deep emotion without slipping into the sentimental. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2008 by Lauren B. Davis
Dexter makes an 1870's frontier mining town come alive. His cast of hapless and miscreant characters are a hoot. You'll certainly enjoy your visit to Deadwood!Published on March 31 2001 by Charles Hawkins
Pete Dexter's Deadwood is by far one of the best westerns on the market! In fine style he not only tells an interesting story but tells it in an entertaining manner as well. Read morePublished on April 22 2000 by kregg Jorgenson
This is writing at its best. Dexter deals with the time, place and people in a most convincing way. Great characters and a splendid piece of story telling.Published on Dec 10 1999