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Roy Bean's Gold: A Western Story (Five Star First Edition Western) Hardcover – February 17, 2010
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Young Roy continues on his way to San Diego where he will find his brother, Josh, who is alcalde of that town. As the tale unravels, Roy becomes involved with a wealthy Mexican family that includes beautiful women, a mysterious and equally beautiful survivor of another Indian raid, and a host of subsidiary stablemen and cowboys, both Mexicans and Gringos, amicable friends and deadly foes. From there, the plot becomes dominated by his pursuit of the source of the fabulous horde of gold coins and his lust for two of the women.
"Roy Bean's Gold" is clearly a plot-driven novel awash with lovely senoritas, their patrons, the likes of Joaquin Murieta and highway assassins. The reader is sometimes lost in the myriad tangles of the many people parading across author Gardwood's stage, but is also rescued by the first person narrative of Roy Bean.
I believe it is the "voice" in Mr. Garwood's personal narrative that saves the book, "Roy Bean's Gold." The author's "mode" lends an undeniable authenticity that reveals the otherwise unbending, cardboard characters where good men are always noble and the bad men and women are always suspect. His western country "lingo" both places and educates us to period, mid-nineteenth century colloguial speech, e.g., "tagged by an old she-wolf of a duena," and "the early sun was just spilling its beans over the eastern foothills.Read more ›