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Killing Mister Watson (edition 1991)

by Peter Matthiessen

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Title:Killing Mister Watson
Authors:Peter Matthiessen
Info:Vintage (1991), Paperback, 384 pages
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Compelling, fictionalized account of the killing of a historical figure in turn of the 20th century Everglades. The recent death of Matthiessen drew me back to this book that I had started once before but left unfinished. The story is told from a multitude of different perspectives and sheds light on prejudices in the South during this time period. Fascinating approach. ( )
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  KimD66 | Jan 28, 2013 |
Review by Maud Dillingham:

I love a good mystery, especially if it allows me to drift away into another world without leaving town. Southwest Florida's Chokoloskee Bay Country forms the backdrop of this unsettling novel based on the murky story of E.J. Watson, a real-life pioneer who homesteaded in the Ten Thousand Islands at the turn of the century. In the live-and-let-live atmosphere of this sparsely-settled world among the mangroves, rumors that Watson killed outlaw Belle Starr don't attract a posse of vigilantes. undue attention. Watson sets up a sugar plantation and as it grows, becomes well-liked in the community. But then word gets out that he supposedly killed Belle Starr, the famous woman outlaw. Suspicions arise amid an atmosphere of fear. Did he kill her? Did he kill others? If he did, how many? Was E. J. a devoted husband, father, gifted farmer, a man of progress with a grand scheme for making a fortune in the Everglades or was he a cold-blooded killer? Was he destroyed by fear and envy? Or by greed? You may not want to put this book down. This is a must for those looking for a good mystery with a local twist.
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Drawn from fragments of historical fact, Matthiessen's masterpiece brilliantly depicts the fortunes and misfortunes of Edgar J. Watson, a real-life entrepreneur and outlaw who appeared in the lawless Florida Everglades around the turn of the century.

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The arrival of Edgar J. Watson, a complex man with a troubling and violent reputation, spells trouble for the inhabitants of the nineteenth-century Everglades, in a fictional recreation of the life and death of a real life character.

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