The Shopkeeper

The Shopkeeper In Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to explore and write a journal about his adventures Though he s not looking for trouble Dancy s infatuation with another man s wife soon

  • Title: The Shopkeeper
  • Author: James D. Best
  • ISBN: 9781587369223
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1879, Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to explore and write a journal about his adventures Though he s not looking for trouble, Dancy s infatuation with another man s wife soon embroils him in a deadly feud with Sean Washburn, a Nevada silver baron Infuriated by the outrages of two hired thugs, the shopkeeper kills both men in an impulsive streetIn 1879, Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to explore and write a journal about his adventures Though he s not looking for trouble, Dancy s infatuation with another man s wife soon embroils him in a deadly feud with Sean Washburn, a Nevada silver baron Infuriated by the outrages of two hired thugs, the shopkeeper kills both men in an impulsive street fight Dancy believes this barbarian act has closed the episode He is wrong He has interfered with Washburn s ambitions, and this is something the mining tycoon will not allow.Pinkertons, hired assassins, and aggrieved bystanders escalate the feud until it pulls in all the moneyed interests and power brokers in Nevada Can the former city slicker settle accounts without losing his life in the process

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    1. James Best's The Shopkeeper was weak historical fiction. He lacked the ear for the language of 1879, including vocabulary that was jarringly inappropriate. When his main character, Steve Dancy, described the bodyguards alongside the villain as two dreadnoughts escorting a cargo ship, Mr. Best's credibility as a historical novelist sank with all hands.

    2. Steve Dancy is not your usual good guy cowboy outfoxing and outgunning bad guys while getting the girl in the end. He is instead, a 30 year old ex shopkeeper from New York City looking to explore the west, still a dangerous place in 1879. Everything is going well for Steve in the silver mining town of Pickhandle Gulch until he gets bullied by two enforcers of Nevada's largest robber baron, Sean Washburn. Instead of minding his business and keeping a low profile, Steve decides on instinct, to sho [...]

    3. Louis L'Amour has spoiled me for almost any other westerns.When you have a man who has, literally, lived all he's writing about, it's painfully obvious when you read a story by a man who hasn't.Sorry, Mr. Best.

    4. I came across The Shopkeeper on Freebooksy, and read the Kindle version free. I have really been in the mood for a good western, but guess that I'll have to keep looking. Sorry Mr. Best, while the premise may be plausible for some, I found much of it a stretch and a lot of it just down right silly. A millionaire (very wealthy anyway), Shakespeare quoting, Mark Twain reading, gunsmith/high powered businessman from New York, exploring the west, seeking out adventure and wrongs to right, while coll [...]

    5. A fun western. I haven't read a lot of westerns, but this one was enjoyable. New York shopkeeper Steve Dancy sells his shop and travels west, looking for adventure. His travels take him to the silver mines of Nevada. A gentleman who prefers books and cards with friends, Steve inadvertently finds himself a gunslinger embroiled in a feud with a silver baron. Add a beautiful woman, hired killers and some early Nevada history and you have The Shopkeeper.The story was fast paced and entertaining. The [...]

    6. I'm a little surprised at all of the glowing reviews for this one and would wonder if people were bribed to review it so glowingly. This book read as very amateurish to me, and all of the comparisons to Louis L'Amour are an insult to Mr. L'Amour. If Lonesome Dove is the greatest Western ever written, this is a distant last place. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    7. Good read4 1/2 stars. New to this author. Nice writing and kept interest high. Looking forward to next book in series.

    8. The town of Pickhandle Gulch, Nevada was practically a bustling metropolis in 1879. Nestled between the Silver Peak Range and the Excelsior Mountains, silver mines were springing up like weeds one the desolate landscape. Like the cattle towns lower in the valleys, Pickhandle Gulch has its share of violence, making it almost a daily fare. Thirty-one-year-old Steve Dancy has recently sold his store in New York and headed west. This high mountain settlement is just one stop on his westward trek. He [...]

    9. Most western novels suffer from a formula type writing. The Shopkeeper avoids most of those cliches as the hero seeks to beat his enemies in a battle of wits, putting pressure on them using political powers, financial powers, etc. And, even so, our hero, Steve Dancy, is not above pulling out his pistol and demonstrating that despite being an Eastern dude, he knows all about weapons and how to use them. This novel is chocked full of humor, deliciously wild dialogue, clever thinking and planning, [...]

    10. This story is definitely a good read for almost any fiction reader. I think the characters were interesting and the story moved along at a good pace. If you're a fan of westerns it may appeal even that much more but it isn't necessary.Steve Dancy moves to Pickhandle Gulch from NY. You'd think things would be boring out west compared to New York, but this book proves that life can get interesting wherever you choose to hang your hat. Dancy's time in Pickhandle Gulch seems to start fairly innocuou [...]

    11. This is an old-fashioned western in a way that goes back to the western’s roots. For the closest comparison, I’d offer Francis Lynde’s first novel, The Grafters, which was published in 1905. Both novels tell of a newcomer to the West who gets involved in a political intrigue, where influence is bought and sold, and greed rules the workings of government. . .Read my review and an interview with the author at my blog.

    12. Good book, kept the reader wanting to go on until you saw what the next thing that would happen. I did not realize when I downloaded this book, that I had read one of his others. Totally different era and I thought a good western sounded good. I was not disappointed. Living near Carson City, I was able to identify with some of the places the hero was going, although, not the main town. That always makes the book more enjoyable. The hero gets mixed up with some bad actors and how he deals with th [...]

    13. Really liked this fast paced novel of Old West. Steve Dancy, the protagonist, has looks, Eastern class, and big money--perfect hero, especially since he is a great shot and a gunsmith and loves to read. Okay--it's not real literature, but it sure is entertaining with a pretty good look at the lawlessness that existed in mining towns. The characters were quite interesting. If the good guy triumphs in the end, why not?

    14. I liked it! I enjoyed the smart protagonist and his way of thinking things through before acting, and the friendships he develops with similar-minded people. It was nice reading about someone who, while he demonstrably has the capacity for deep feelings, doesn't allow them to trip him into idiotic and emotionally-charged mistakes.I liked the plot too, how things seem to evolve and escalate in a natural fashion up to the big showdown in the end.

    15. Not your normal Greenhorn Goes West story. Steve Dancy might be new to the west but he brings with him special skills and savvy. Good guy needs to figure out how to defeat bad guy who is hiring his killing done. He he goes about it makes for an interesting story.

    16. A Western with pizzazzI quit reading western in my teens. I have been missing something If this is typical of the genre today. This book holds your interest and keeps you guessing as what's going to happen next. No glaring typos, well written a pleasure to read.

    17. Different kind of western. Very entertaining and a good read. Interesting characters.Definitely want to read more books written by James D. Best

    18. I can't remember the last time I read a western, but this was pretty good. Gunslingers, outlaws, Pinkertons, and sassy chambermaids. Okay!

    19. I found this book to be an engaging, light, fast paced enjoyable story, one that kept me going as I didn't want to put it down. The historical aspect to the story was it's setting in Nevada during the state's mining boom, but the story itself - a contest of wills between two wealthy men - could have been set in any time period. I was a bit disappointed that the villain was barely in story. Contempt for this character had to come from the reader's association with the main character. Nonetheless, [...]

    20. A different approach The first book I have read written by this author. He constructed a different plot with likable characters. I will read more of the Steve Dancy series. I like western novels as they are not so politically correct and don’t have to have all the modern buss of unmarried sex, wine, and four letter words.

    21. Great Western! New York greenhorn learning about western life and conflict while applying eastern backroom political tactics and gunplay to solving problems encountered along the trail.

    22. Great BookI enjoyed the character development, the plot twists, and the overall story. Plenty of surprises and action to keep the interest gong through out the entire book.

    23. Not as satisfying a read as I had hoped. The main character seems to have more money than Solomon so it affords him the opportunity to shape events to his liking. i doubt I will continue the series.

    24. The last good western novel I read was Lonesome Dove. Westerns simply aren't the genre I generally choose, but this was a free book (for a couple of days) at Kindle so I bought it. Nice thing about picking up free Kindle books is if they don't grab you within the first chapter or two you can dump them and feel no guilt.The Shopkeeper certainly isn't in the same class as Lonesome Dove, but it was, nevertheless, an interesting read. In 1879, Steve Dancy sells his New York shop and ventures west to [...]

    25. I've read all the Louis Lamour westerns (and his other stuff too) multiple times, but really haven't read too many other westerns other than a couple by Loren Estelman.Best's Shopkeeper is a little less genteel than Louis Lamour's normal fare - other than perhaps Sacket, where Ange gets killed by bad guys. Most of Lamour's stuff tends to be pretty tame, in that the good guy never lets anything bad happen to a damsel in distress if he can help it. Dancy makes an interesting choice which gives som [...]

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