Even after reading the Reviews,I was surprised how good this book really is.Anyone who has any interest in the "Wild West" knows something about Doc Holliday,Wyatt Earp,Tombstone,Dodge,and even a bit about Kate Elder will find this an excellent account of the people,places and events.
The one big thing about reading about the "Wild West" is trying to sort out the truth from fiction.
Coleman uses the interviews carried out with Kate Elder herself in the 1930's by Prof.Bork and Glenn Boyer ,the world authority on Wyatt Earp, as sources of her information.
In reading reviews I found a companion book "Doc.Holliday- A Family Portrait" by Karen Holliday Tanner & Robert Dearmont.In the reviews for that book you will see a review by firstname.lastname@example.org,who is mentioned in the Acknowledgments to Colemns book.These reviews attest to the validity of the material.Hey,I'M convinced.
What Coleman does is tell us the real personalities behind these people. After all,these were real people,real times and real events.
An excellent read, and in my humble opinion more of a Biography than a Novel.