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... How come the Wild West is so ...calm in this novel, you ask? Simple. Dexter chooses Charlie Utter as the central character, Bill Hickok's stoic, aloof partner, and it is he and his restrained wit that serves as backbone to this wonderful novel.
The book is split into four parts: Bill, The China Doll (a beautiful Chinese ..), Agnes (Lake, Bill's wife), and Jane (Calamity). Bill is gone by the end of his section, which surprised me because I thought this book was about Wild Bill. It is and it isn't. He isn't physically around after the first part, but his legend is everywhere, and it runs through the book.
I've read Paris Trout and Brotherly Love from Pete Dexter before, and enjoyed this one the most, for it is the funniest. Sometimes it's ha-ha funny; other times it's more reflective. It's a fine book, one that makes me wish Dexter will go back to novel writing soon.