Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Masterson Mass Market Paperback – June 15, 2000

4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$6.52 $0.01

Top 20 lists in Books
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Available from these sellers.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Again depicting characters with frailties as well as heroic qualities, the prolific Wheeler's 25th novel (after Aftershocks) is a sprightly romp of revisionist western history. In 1919, legendary gunfighter Bat Masterson is a 64-year-old New York City sportswriter who suddenly becomes worried about the inglorious and mostly false reputation he has endured for decades. Certainly, he had hunted buffalo and fought Indians at the Battle of Adobe Walls; he'd been a gambler and a lawman. But everyone still believes he's an incorrigible womanizer who has run cathouses and gunned down dozens of men. He does admit to being quite the ladies' man, but bristles at the dime-novel exaggerations that depict him swaggering with 26 notches in his pistols and carrying the heads of seven outlaws around in a sack. Accompanied by his common-law wife, Emma, Bat decides to return to Dodge City, Tombstone and Denver to clear his name and to establish that he killed only one man, who richly deserved it, and that he is really a nice fellow if folks would just get to know him. This journey is a hoot as the old lawman finds that the public wants the legend, not the truth. When Bat visits his old friend Wyatt Earp in L.A., he meets actor William S. Hart and learns about why western films are so popular in Hollywood. Bat reminisces with Emma and a few old saddle pals, but finally gives up his quest when he realizes that folks want mythic, infamous heroes, and "you may as well sit back and enjoy the ride because there's no way to get off the train." This is classic Wheeler, a solid story about real people told with wit, compassion and a bit of whimsy. Author tour. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

In 1920, legendary gunfighter Bat Masterson is a successful New York newspaper columnist. His colleagues--Louella Parsons and Damon Runyon, among them--want to know the real story. Parsons' persistent questions prompt Bat to look back at his past, particularly the Dodge City years and his associations with Doc Holliday, the Earp brothers, and the notorious gunfight at the OK Corral. Bat and his wife, Emma, begin an odyssey across the U.S., and the former lawman tries to understand his role in the Wild West and explain it to the younger Emma. Wheeler is an award-winning historical-fiction author whose strength is the interweaving of a dozen engaging characters into a coherent vision of a large event, such as the San Francisco earthquake in Aftershocks. In this melancholy, very poignant novel, he shows his ability to focus on one character, producing a nuanced close-up instead of a detailed panorama. Readers will feel privileged to have accompanied Masterson on his pilgrimage. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (June 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812568567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812568561
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,174,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Don Chance
The legendary names of the Old West, the true legendary names and not phonies like Matt Dillon or Ben Cartwright, always seem to come in sets. Evidence suggests Jesse and Frank apparently knew Billy and Pat, and Pat once reportedly chased Butch and Sundance, and so on. I mean, the way the enduring names are found together so often, you'd think all those immortal lawmen and outlaws used to have sleep-overs at each other's houses. Makes a certain sense, too - those wide-open spaces of the Old West weren't all that heavily populated with white people until fairly late in the century. But "Masterson," a new speculative novel by Spur Award winner Richard S, Wheeler, explores the life, and especially the legend, of the one name seen most in association with the other famous western figures. Bat Masterson knew them all! Like Forrest Gump, Bartholomew (aka. William Barclay or "Bat") Masterson was present at, or personally knew most of the principles involved in, most of the notorious moments in the history of the western frontier. From his young participation with the other Adobe Wells defenders against Quanah Parker's Commanches, to his term as a tough lawman during Dodge City's wildest cowtown days, to his Tombstone adventures with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, to his final years as a New York City newspaper columnist with such sporting buddies Damon Runyon and Tex Rickard, Bat Masterson is as much a part of the Old West as traildust and the Pony Express. And, even though it's a fictional account of a cross-country trip that never happened, "Masterson" reflects the incredible life and times of this authentic historical icon.
Read more ›
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
It's a rare treat to walk through an actual person's mind in such a convincing book as "Masterson". I only knew of Bat Masterson as the foppish crime-solver from the TV series, and this Masterson is a much more human and plausible man. This is a Western hero I could believe in. It's a grand, sad journey he and his lady take in this book. His life, "past" and "present", and the historic settings through which he travels were obviously well researched. Are there any missteps here? Only Bat could tell us. I think it happened just as Wheeler says.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book isn't so much a real western as a trip down memory lane chronicled by Bat Masterson, legendary associate of lawman Wyatt Earp in Tombstone and Dodge City. The story is presented from the perspective of the 67-year-old Masterson, now having lived in New York City for twenty years, a few months before the advent of national Prohibition. He and his wife set off on a trip to his old haunts of 40 years before, and the book has much to say about the imminent arrival of Prohibition from the perspective of one who never saw it end. Visiting Dodge City in 1919, now a bone-dry, Bible thumping, and lemonade drinking farming center that has done its best to obliterate its legendary wild past, he is nearly run out of town by a police chief who accuses him (justifiably) of "illegally importing illegal booze" into Kansas.
The book drags in a few spots, but is endlessly fascinating for anyone who is fascinated by the stunning changes in American life, both social and technological, that took place during the late 19th to early 20th centuries.
The book drags in a few places but is endlessly fascinating for anyone who marvels at the stunning changes that
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Few books, references, or TV shows ever really captured Bat this well.
Many stories about Bat and Jim (his brother) and of course the Earps have passed down through my family over the years.
Masterson's always have been gamblers and always will be (boxing, cards, you name it). This is brought out well in the book. Bat made many dollars "bucking the tiger."
Bat got to see Trains, Autos, and Planes all become a reality during his lifetime.
Much of the early - early years of Bat are not documented anywhere and therefore difficult for authors to really pen about those years.
The author does an excellent job of adding facts wherever possible.
Bat was a snappy dresser and a fine gent!
Thanks for the great job Mr. Wheeler.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Few books, references, or TV shows ever really captured Bat this well.
Many stories about Bat and Jim (his brother) and of course the Earps have passed down through my family over the years.
Masterson's always have been gamblers and always will be (boxing, cards, you name it). This is brought out well in the book. Bat made many dollars "bucking the tiger."
Bat got to see Trains, Autos, and Planes all become a reality during his lifetime.
Much of the early - early years of Bat are not documented anywhere and therefore difficult for authors to really pen about those years.
The author does an excellent job of adding facts wherever possible.
Bat was a snappy dresser and a fine gent!
Thanks for the great job Mr. Wheeler.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?