Early in the century, Goldfield, Nevada, blossomed into one of the great gold mining towns in the west. It drew people from all over the world, all of them seeking to make their fortunes in the bonanza town. In Richard Wheeler's epic historical novel about the boom town, we meet hard-bitten Maude Arbuckle who with her shiftless husband works a good claim; Big Sam Jones, a former horse trader trying to skin his way to the top; Delia Favor, a predatory woman looking for a husband with the right bank balance; Hannibal Dash, a geologist who abandons his university to strike it rich, and scores of others with gold fever.
Wheeler's forte is big, character-rich tales of the last days of the West, and this one- his 29th novel- is no exception.... He tells a crisp story that packs an undeniable punch-- as in this well-constructed large-scale American historical."
--Kirkus Reviews Book Description: "Mixing history and melodrama with fast-paced storytelling and frontier detail, Wheeler paints a vivid picture of life in a turn-of-the-century Nevada mining town called Goldfield.... Effortlessly shifting from one set of characters to the next, Wheeler weaves his multiple sagas into an effective narrative that is considerably enlivened by authentic period detail and various actual people..."
"Wheeler offers a carefully researched and well-written saga of the last great gold rush in Nevada in the early 1900s. To the boom camp of Goldfield flock thousands of gold seekers.... All of these and more are vividly depicted by a master storyteller whose heart is obviously in the west."
"...But it is Goldfield itself that is Wheeler's finest character. It is a dirty, noisy, bustling, conglomeration of gamblers, miners, whores, freighters, hucksters, con men, storekeepers, liars, and thieves caught up in a "get-rich-quick" hustle. It is a town of dreams come true and dreams lost. It is the archetypal western boom town where the strong flourish and the weak go broke, and Wheeler describes it with the quiet authority of a writer who knows his subject and the compassion of a man who understands dreams."
"Wheeler now joins the ranks of Larry McMurty, Glendon Swarthout, Tony Hillerman, and Dorothy Johnson."
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Richard Wheeler writes novels set in early mining towns, including Cashbox and Sun Mountain. He is the author of over seventy novels, including mysteries, westerns, and historical novels, and is the recipient of six Spur Awards from Western Writers of America. His acclaimed novel Sierra, a story of the California gold rush, won a Spur Award and went into several editions.
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