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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions; Reprint edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571310924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571310927
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Montana 1948, Watson's previous novel, was a sleeper that booksellers boosted to major sales. In this finely crafted prequel to that book, Watson fleshes out the lives of county sheriff Julian Hayden and his Montana clan. As the episodic narrative opens, in 1924, Hayden's spoiled, headstrong, horny teenage sons, Wesley and Frank, get involved in a foolish escapade in North Dakota. Thrown into a freezing jail cell, they discover that even their politically connected father's influence has its limits. The story then doubles back to 1899 and Julian's frontier life as a struggling homesteader and rancher, newly resettled from Iowa with his widowed mother. As the action gradually moves into the 1930s, Wesley, now a sensitive and softhearted but troubled man, succeeds his father as county sheriff. Hoping to break her husband loose from the influence of his arrogant, domineering father, Wesley's levelheaded wife, Gail, tries to get him to open up, to show affection toward their infant son. Surprises and scenes of dramatic power punctuate the narrative, as when newlywed Julian pulls a gun on his hostile father-in-law, or when Len McAuley, Julian's hawk-faced, drunken deputy, burns with unrequited love for Gail. Throughout, Watson writes with ruthless honesty about his characters' stunted dreams, unpredictable emotions and outbursts of senseless violence, showing once again that he understands not only the West but the untamed hearts that have roamed it.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA?Stories about men's relationships with their fathers always appeal to YAs, and this Western will be no exception. It opens in 1924 with Sheriff Julian Hayden's two teenage sons going on a hunting trip to North Dakota with their friends. Their father's word is law at home and in their hometown of Bentrock, Montana, and when they get in trouble, they learn that his influence extends into neighboring states as well. Next, readers are taken back to 1899 for the story of Julian Hayden as he moves west, makes a new life homesteading on the frontier, and begins a family. The book ends in the 1930s with a section told through the eyes of Len McAuley, Julian's deputy. Major and minor characters are well developed through dramatic scenes; believable dialogue; and layers of telling detail about their dreams, emotions, and violent outbursts. The sense of both place and time?the beauty and power of the climate and wide-open spaces?is very strong. Teens will like the episodic structure?the stories are very closely connected and they all examine different aspects of the family's relationships. This prequel to Montana 1948 (Milkweed, 1993) is a readable, well-written novel for leisure reading and historical fiction assignments.?Patricia Q. Noonan, Prince William Public Library, Manassas, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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He is easy to read and readily understandable.
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It would be great to read more of this sort of yarn spinning!
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I loved the photo-like views of 1920's eastern Montana.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By EM Rich on February 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
One of the best regional books I have read. Watson is an extremely skilled author with the ability to vividly evoke a time or place, seemingly effortlessly. 'Outside the Jurisdiction' is probably the best story in the book. Watson depicts the harsh and brutal life many westerners lived in the early part of the twentieth century. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By forloveof art on October 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
It is probably a tribute to Montana, 1948 that this prequel is entirely unnecessary, but Justice still seems to add little to the story. I think Montana, 1948 is superb, but could have done without this prequel. Still, if read on the heels of reading its sequel, this little addition does not disappoint.
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By Elwin Wright on June 23, 2014
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Author Larry Watson presented an entertaining bit of writing . Balancing the plus and minus aspects of human actions is a challenging endeavor , providing some solid fun......a hint of O. Henry?? It would be great to read more of this sort of yarn spinning!
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By G. Ball on April 6, 2014
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I like the way this guy tells a story, I'm guessing this guy has a personal connection with this story, ....I liked it
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'Justice' is the prequel to 'Montana 1948' which I enjoyed, which is why I ordered 'Justice'. I did not feel that 'Justice' measured up to 'Montana 1948'. I can't say that I was disappointed, but that 'Justice' wasn't as interesting as I expected.
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By Hans G on March 19, 2014
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I loved the photo-like views of 1920's eastern Montana. The small town on the windswept prairie, the different views of people's lives. The first chapter is a bit crude, but I think the characters so evocative.
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By gloria beasley on January 16, 2014
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I think he is one of the best authors around.I have read every one of his books some of them twice.
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