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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Legba Books (August 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780615490106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615490106
  • ASIN: 0615490107
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leonce Gaiter’s noir thriller “Bourbon Street” was published by Carroll & Graf. His non-fiction has appeared in The Huffington Post, LA Times, The Washington Post, Salon, NY Times, NY Times Magazine and in national syndication. He has worked professionally in the creative ends of the film, recording, and marketing industries.

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I like to write about the extraordinary. I have little interest in domestic drama, in small tales of internal struggle. I want to read and write characters who are extraordinary--larger than life. I certainly don't want to read or write about people who are "just like me." I want to read and write about those infinitely grander than I will ever be, willing to risk more, grasp more, love more, hate more, whose time and place demands more than you or I can probably imagine having to give... I guess it's my Southern gothic roots.


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Leonce Gaiter is the author of the noir thriller Bourbon Street. His nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, LA Weekly, NY Newsday, The Washington Post, Salon, and in national syndication.

His short fiction has appeared in the literary magazine Archipelago. His thriller Bourbon Street was published by Carroll & Graf in 2005. His historical novel, "I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang" is from Legba Books, September 2011. He currently lives in Northern California

Raised in New Orleans, Washington D.C., Germany, Missouri, Maryland and elsewhere, Leonce Gaiter is the quintessential army brat--rootless, restive, and disagreeable. He began writing in grade school and continued the habit through his graduation from Harvard. He moved to Los Angeles and put his disagreeability to work in the creative and business ends of the film and music industries.

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"I Dreamt I Was in Heaven" is a gripping read, with fresh and powerful characters, relationships and narrative.
J Brancato
As the story was unfolding I found myself captivated by the naÔve mission of the gang, sympathetic to their cause and sickened by their methods of exacting revenge.
M. Bauch
This book is recommended for history buffs with an interest in the Wild West, Native and African-American History, and how a little-know fact shaped a dream!
Alvin C. Romer

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pretty Brown Girl VINE VOICE on August 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Before opening I Dreamt I Was In Heaven, I admittedly knew nothing of The Rufus Buck Gang; my knowlege of Wild West outlaws was limited to more popular and celebrated villians along the lines of Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Butch Cassidy and the like. Thus Leonce Gaines's latest offering into the badlands of the wild, wild West was a enlightening yet tragic history lesson.

The novel opens with a frenzied mob seeking revenge toward the recently captured gang entering town under the protection of marshals. Then via a series of alternating flashbacks that continue throughout the book, the reader settles comfortably into the 1880s Indian Territory. The era's political and social issues and injustices are rendered via the intersecting experiences and philosopies of four key colorful characters Rufus Buck, Cherokee Bill, Dapper Henry Starr and "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker. ''Both Rufus and the Judge are on conflicting missions of sorts -- Rufus, a wayward teen of Native- and African-American descent, and his multi-racial gang, wanted to instill fear into the hearts of whites and chase them from the Territory while the Judge practiced the law (a blend of God's, Natural (a la Darwin), and man's) in an attempt to bring order and civility to the region simultaneously weeding out the undesirable elements.

Inspired by Cherokee Bill's legacy, Rufus and his teen friends set out on a misguided rampage erroneously believing their antics would ignite an Indian uprising to reclaim their land. For nearly two weeks during the summer of 1895, the gang committed multiple acts of murder, rape, assault, thievery and arson; and they were quite successful at instilling fear amid the settlers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Bauch on August 3, 2011
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I loved this book! Not only was I completely entertained (didn't want to put it down), I was captivated by the distinct personalities of each of the players. The crazies were believably so, the politicians sly & crooked while the historical bad guys were vivid and animated. As the story was unfolding I found myself captivated by the naÔve mission of the gang, sympathetic to their cause and sickened by their methods of exacting revenge. Gaiter has managed to blend just the right amount of historical fact, entertaining fiction and dark humor to create a narrative worth telling and re-telling.
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By DebbyM on March 30, 2014
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Leonce Gaiter has written an engaging story about a human experience. I was thoroughly entertained. The writing was exceptional. Nicely done!
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By Mary Mackins on January 20, 2014
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I have mixed emotions, about this book. It was my first time reading a novel, by Mr. Gaiter. I would certainly like to read more writings, by him. Rufus was a frightening character!
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This should be required reading for people in the mid-West, where I live. In Oklahoma where I recognize most of these towns.
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By TED L on July 1, 2013
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Fascinating read about a little known story in American history. One of many little known ones that are an interesting read.
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