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Ragtime Cowboys

by Loren D. Estleman

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When I was a little girl and needed some comforting, my father would softly sing a song called Ragtime Cowboy Joe so when I saw there was a book called Ragtime Cowboys by Loren Estleman, of course, I had to read it. This book turned out to be a delightfully fun story about two ex-Pinkerton detectives in the early 1920’s. The two detectives are Charlie Siringo and Dashiell Hammett and they make unlikely but highly readable partners. They are brought together by Wyatt Earp as he hires them to find a valuable racehorse that was stolen from his stables but during their investigation they stumble onto something even bigger.

I think the author has as much fun writing this book as his readers will have with the reading. It’s a veritable who’s who of 1920’s California. Ragtime Cowboys is an entertaining adventure that’s a quick, light read. I very much enjoyed the colorful characters and the snappy dialogue and will certainly be looking for more by this author who specializes in both Westerns and Mysteries. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Feb 5, 2016 |
LA 1921: 2 ex Pinkerton agents are hired by famous Wild West lawman Wyatt Earp to find the rustler who stole his prize horse and end up in a shootout defending the ranch of Jack London's widow. Throw in a suspicious list of names with dollar amounts they stole from Joseph P. Kennedy (yep JFK's father) and we have quite a tale! Of course, the whole scenario is very improbable but it is great fun! With Estleman's artful skill in this genre, this is another good read. ( )
  jwood652 | Oct 21, 2015 |
LA 1921: 2 ex Pinkerton agents are hired by famous Wild West lawman Wyatt Earp to find the rustler who stole his prize horse and end up in a shootout defending the ranch of Jack London's widow. Throw in a suspicious list of names with dollar amounts they stole from Joseph P. Kennedy (yep JFK's father) and we have quite a tale! Of course, the whole scenario is very improbable but it is great fun! With Estleman's artful skill in this genre, this is another good read. ( )
  jwood652 | Oct 21, 2015 |
Great book. Loved the dialogue which reminded me of the word play between Robert Duval (Captain Augustus "Gus" McCrae) & Tommie Lee Jones (Captain WF Call)and other characters in the TV mini-series Lonesome Dove. ( )
  tcards | Jul 23, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765334542, Hardcover)

In prohibition-era Southern California, real life detectives Charles D. Siringo and Dashiell Hammett must solve a mystery involving a ruthless politician—Joseph P. Kennedy. With sharp dialogue and rich historical background, Ragtime Cowboys is an exciting, suspenseful tale in which the Old West and Hollywood collide.

Los Angeles, 1921: Ex-Pinkerton Charlie Siringo is living in quiet retirement when Wyatt Earp knocks on his door and asks him to track down his missing horse. What begins as horse thievery turns into a deeper mystery as Siringo and another ex-Pinkerton, the young Dashiell Hammett, follow clues that take them from the streets of Los Angeles to Jack London's farm, until they discover a conspiracy masterminded by the notorious and powerful Joseph P. Kennedy.

From the first page to the closing chapter, these ragtime cowboys chase the truth in Loren D. Estleman's compelling tale of the Old West and early Hollywood.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:59 -0400)

"In prohibition-era Southern California, real life detectives Charles D. Siringo and Dashiell Hammett must solve a mystery involving a ruthless politician--Joseph P. Kennedy. With sharp dialogue and rich historical background, Ragtime Cowboys is an exciting, suspenseful tale in which the Old West and Hollywood collide. Los Angeles, 1921: Ex-Pinkerton Charlie Siringo is living in quiet retirement when Wyatt Earp knocks on his door and asks him to track down his missing horse. What begins as horse thievery turns into a deeper mystery as Siringo and another ex-Pinkerton, the young Dashiell Hammett, follow clues that take them from the streets of Los Angeles to Jack London's farm, until they discover a conspiracy masterminded by the notorious and powerful Joseph P. Kennedy. From the first page to the closing chapter, these ragtime cowboys chase the truth in Loren D. Estleman's compelling tale of the Old West and early Hollywood. "--… (more)

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