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This Bloody Deed: The Magruder Incident (Lecture Notes in Computer Science;846) Paperback – January 1, 1994


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  • Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science;846
  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Washington State University Press; 1ST edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874221072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874221077
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1999
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"This Bloody Deed" is a well researched look at Idaho's first murder trial. Hamilton relates the known facts with a novelist's license for imagined dialouge and motivation. While historians may shudder, this makes the book highly readable.
Three thugs from Sheriff Henry Plummer's gang befriend and then murder packer Lloyd Magruder and party as they are crossing the Bitterroot Mountains from Bannack( now western Montana,then Idaho Territory) to Lewiston Idaho. Magruder's true friend Hill Beachy tracks the killers to San Francisco and returns them to Lewiston to face Idaho's first murder trial, if he can keep them from being lynched.
I grew up with this story as a folktale and as good as the narrative is the best parts of the book are Hamilton's asides into everyday life on the Idaho frontier, boom-bust economics of mining and territorial politics.
My only historical quibble is that my family always accepted that the prosecution's chief witness was also a Plummer gang intimate.
A solid picture of the frontier as it probably was.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2003
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Ladd Hamilton puts to paper one of the most compelling stories of the old west. His writing keeps you glued to the pages by vividly describing how life was 130 years ago. This murder mystery that takes you from the Bitterroot Mountains of the Idaho territory to the city of San Francisco and back is a must read for all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clay Wright on July 25, 2013
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Really wanted the history behind the Magruidor Corridor before we went on it. Will make the trip so much more interesting!
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