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This story is set in a mining town in Colorado during the 1870's. Filled with atmosphere and history of daily life in the post Civil War world of silver mines and money. So many twists and turns before it all becomes clear in this award winning first book in a series.
Kristen Potter read in such a silky smooth languid voice that at times I had trouble telling characters apart. Most of the time she just read the book with an occasional accent--probably for the best. Her voice had a mesmerizing quality.
Often while listening I thought that the character development was too minimal. Some characters became nothing more than names that were hard to place. In the end I thought this lack was part of the author's build up of intrigue and suspense--creating a feeling of not knowing what people were about. Not knowing who to trust, who the good guys were and who to watch out for. It definitely added to the level of danger and feeling of all around mayhem in the book.
If you enjoyed the HBO series Deadwood you will most likely love this book. If you are like me and try to listen to books in the same season they are set in--this installment should be read during the winter--December, January and February. It is a cold and wintery tale that was a bit out of place in the August heat of my listen. Unseasonal issue aside, I enjoyed this whirlwind suspenseful story. Be prepared for many gruesome details and a great deal of filth in the alleyways and off the wooden boardwalks of Leadville. The listening time flew by and I am left wondering about what happens in book 2 of the series.
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Saloons, gamblers, madams, miners and counterfeiters . . . that's the townsfolk at Leadville . . . and even the so-called church going regular folk aren't all they appear to be . . . but all have one thing in common . . . they've come west to start over . . . and make their fortunes in the silver mines . . . with nothing as it appears to be, and when family man, Joe Rose is found trampled to death behind the local saloon, tongues start wagging . . . this is a good mystery (with some fine history of the time period) . . . it does have some offensive language and men and women in and out of bed with one another, as you'd imagine with brothels . . . its a fun and interesting listen . . . and people do redeem themselves . . . the inclusion of Bat Masterson made the story of special interest . . . the conclusion was excellent . . .
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