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Publisher's Summary

In this hilarious follow-up to Steve Hockensmith's critically acclaimed novel On the Wrong Track, crime-solving cowboys Gus "Old Red" and Otto "Big Red" Amlingmeyer are wandering around San Francisco when they stumble onto another mystery to be solved: the death of their acquaintance Dr. Chan. It turns out that no one wants this mystery solved, but that doesn't stop the brothers from riling up the locals with their heavy-handed investigations. Wild chases ensue until Old Red and his helpers finally put the clues together for a showdown on the waterfront.
©2008 Steve Hockensmith; (P)2008 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Buoyant and consistently entertaining." (Kirkus)
"Hockensmith has been nominated for the Edgar Award, and if he keeps writing like this, he'll win one soon." (Library Journal)
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By Valerie on 04-06-10

Funny and Different

I only have four authors web pages on my favorites tab, Steve Hockensmith is the newest one. Truly unique and lots of huge laughs. Can't wait for the next book in the series.

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By BJG on 08-14-12

Took me by suprise

I'm a big fan of this series. They have interesting characters who are a little loony, but only a little, and a well plotted story set in the late 1800's out west. This book starts out with our Sherlock Holmes-loving, cowboys-turned-investigators brothers looking into the death of a friend in China Town in San Francisco. The boys and their comely friend, Dianna, end up contending with three other groups looking for a missing prostitute called the Black Dove. Most of the action takes place in China Town and the narrator isn't bad doing the different characters. This is an unusulaly populated book and it's a small challenge to keep all the characters straight but not too bad. Very adventerous with lots of chases and shady characters and a suprisingly emotional ending. This is one of those series that helps if you read them in order.

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