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Leadville (A Steve Dancy Tale Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

James D. Best
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Steve Dancy tales. Honest westerns. Filled with dishonest characters.

When New York City shopkeeper Steve Dancy moved west to experience the frontier, he wound up embroiled in a deadly feud...a feud that he was forced to settle with guns. Now, all he wants to do is follow up on a few business interests, write about his adventures, and continue his exploration of the West.

But in the autumn of 1879, Joseph McAllen asks Dancy for help. Ute renegades have abducted a young girl near Mesa Verde, Colorado, and the Pinkerton captain wants him to join the rescue party. Surprisingly, the trail doesn't lead into the San Juan Mountains, but to Leadville—a rich mining town teeming with the worst elements of a raw frontier. Bitter feuds, vendettas, and greed turn the affair into a bloody conflict that spans the state.

Dancy has proved that he can handle himself in rough mining towns. But can this shopkeeper survive a dangerous mountain wilderness?

Editorial Reviews


A novel of fast-paced adventure, there's gun play enough to satisfy the biggest fans of the shoot-'em-up style. But it's also a story of friendship and loyalty. Once again, Best has penned a fine read. C. K. Crigger --Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine

In his story, the good guys have a conscience, but sometimes have to do hard things.  There is no fluff in this story, just straight-through action and good dialog.  Best has mastered the ability to tell a story end to end without jumping around.  His first-person writing style never feels contrived and he never resorts to Deus ex machina to resolve an improperly formed plot twist – there aren’t any.  Leadville is pure entertainment with great character development.  Louis Lamour fans will definitely approve! --Martin Sielaff, What Would The Founders Think?

From the Inside Flap

"The James Best books...are about the best new Western series to come along since Larry McMurtry."--Larry Winget, True West Magazine
"A novel of fast-paced adventure. But it's also a story of friendship and loyalty. Once again, Best has penned a fine read."--C. K. Crigger, Western Writers of American, Roundup Magazine
"James D. Best is arguably one of the best writers of westerns." --Alan Caruba, BookViews
"I would highly recommend these two westerns to anyone ... they are just excellent reading." Book and Bookstore

Product Details

  • File Size: 351 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Queen Beach; 1 edition (December 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001V7RMRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Up a mountain May 14, 2009
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Steve Dancy in back and taking the reader for a high mountain adventure in the Rocky Mountains this time. There's kidnapping, hard riding, hunting, gunfights, political wrangling, business development, cowboys, Indians, hard men, sassy women, the good life, and the hard life all rolled into this fast-moving tale.

Mr. Best does an artful job of showing the details of a day in the old west, so that you can virtually see the scene in your mind's eye. He also develops the characters so that they seem real. I was most taken by his especially bad villians - both male and female in this book.

A good adventure for the reader!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and Laughs June 30, 2009
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Another great book by James Best! Loved "Leadville" as much as the first book in the series, "The Shopkeeper". Great action and plenty of laughs. Steve Dancy is a very likable lead character surrounder by many others.

Hope there are other books in the series to come. A fun and enteraining read. Westerns at their "Best".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uptown Western - Full of Action April 3, 2009
This was a very exciting book which kept you on the edge of your seat. I liked the gun handling and the authenticity of the details on the period guns. Steve Dancy leads you through scenes of ambush, hunting, gun fights, big business strategies, urban renewal, firearms instructions, deception, and life changing decisions.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newfound western fan May 23, 2009
I had never been much of a fan of western novels, until a friend gave me a copy of "The Shopkeeper" by James Best. As soon as I heard that he had written a sequel, I quickly obtained a copy.
The author's style is such that he brings the characters to life, and pulls you into the story. It is easy to envision them and understand more about the old west. As mentioned above, I was not a fan of western novels, but have always been interested in history.

As somewhat of an amateur historian, I can tell you that Mr. Best has done his research. His novels contain details of what it was like to live at that time, and you find yourself almost a part of the story.
I would highly recommend these two westerns to anyone with an imagination and curiosity about the history of our country. And besides, they are just excellent reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just....OK May 2, 2011
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I suppose I was expecting something akin to Best's "A Tempest at Dawn," which was entertaining and brought the history surrounding the birth of the U.S. Constitution alive. No such luck. This read was entertaining, but light. Lots of gunplay, predictable outcomes, etc. A good read for an airplane ride, but not much else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing Style December 15, 2013
By Georgi
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I became James D. Best fan after reading Tempest at Dawn. This is no Tempest, but Mr. Best has a descriptive way with words that makes his writing style unique. I plan on reading the whole Steven Dancy series. I just really like Mr. Best's writing style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Successful Western In The Steve Dancy Series August 25, 2012
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Many of the characters that appeared in the first Steve Dancy book, 'The Shopkeeper' once again can be found in this second book in the series. It is September 1879 and Dancy and his friend Jeff Sharp have traveled from Nevada to Colorado seeking further business deals and adventure. They both await the arrival of Pinkerton man Captain Joseph McAllen in Durango. McAllen is on his way to take part in a search for a missing girl. While out riding her horse the young girl had been set upon and abducted by a band of Ute Indians. This causes a furor in Southwest Colorado and a posse formed by a man named Bob Grant, a somewhat unsavory character, has already left to track down the Utes and the missing girl prior to the arrival of McAllen. So begins the second Dancy adventure that will take Dancy and his friends on a trek from Durango through cold mountainous country to the mining town of Leadville. What starts out as a rescue attempt eventually uncovers a plot leading to extortion, robbery and murder. In this tale Dancy must combat harsh environmental elements, hostile Indians, and hired killers, and his skill with guns will once again save him from an early grave. The story is well written and packed with great characters, action and adventure that keep the pages turning. One small criticism of the storyline, the possible love interest in the character of Jenny is never really pursued to any degree and the reader is still left wondering if Dancy will ever get the girl, any girl.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another GOOD one April 27, 2009
By ~RCL~
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This was great to follow up on everyone from the shop keeper. If you were a fan of the shop keeper this is a must. Easy read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars love the series
Great sequel to the first book. James Best is a wonderful writer
Published 1 month ago by karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
James Best writes adult westerns and does a shootem up job. I highly recommend his books.
Published 1 month ago by Jamo Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good stuff. Love the series.
Published 2 months ago by Charlie M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Western story. I have already pre-ordered Book 3.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen W. Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great western stories!
I found this a good read. Good action and very believable.
Published 2 months ago by Albert Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars I never give out 5 stars but...
James Best does it again! The way he builds cup characters is like a old crew putting together a saloon In the late 1800's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James W Tabor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Western stories
I read all four of the Steve Dancy books and enjoyed each one. After reading The Goldfinch I was looking for a book that was 1.shorter and 2. Read more
Published 3 months ago by barbara mcdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved them would highly recommend them.
I really liked this about the old west . It was very exciting to see what he would do next and I loved the speech patterns compared to the way we slaughter the English language... Read more
Published 3 months ago by judy blackman
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and well researched.
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Published 3 months ago by J. Warters
4.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful Dancy Western
The second in the Steve Dancy Western series doesn't disappoint!

In Leadville, Steve Dancy finds himself partnered again with Sharp and McAllen in a bid to discover what... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Peecher
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More About the Author

James D. Best is the author of The Shopkeeper, Leadville, Murder at Thumb Butte, and The Return in the Steve Dancy series. His other books include Tempest at Dawn, Principled Action, The Shut Mouth Society, and The Digital Organization.

James has written monthly columns for two magazine, ghost written several books, and published numerous journal articles. He lives with his wife, Diane, in Omaha, Nebraska.

You can learn more about James and his books at

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