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by Max McCoy
Bloody Bill Quantrill was one of the most notorious and brutal guerrilla fighters for the South in the Civil War, riding with the James brothers and slaughtering his enemies mercilessly. Now, Quantrill tells his side of the story...
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Signet
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This is an interesting piece of historical fiction written in the form of a western. It is about William Clarke Quantrill and begins with his raid on Lawrence, Kansas, and continues until his final days. It covers some of his other exploits and travels as well as discusses some of the other men who rode with him. It seemed to have a few similarities to a movie which I saw about Quantrill, 'Ride with the Devil.' The main problem I found with this story is that we do not know how much of it is ...more
I read this to fulfill my Western requirement for my Readers' Advisory class. I can't say that I've ever really read a Western before, but I can understand the appeal now. Maybe it's all the Deadwood I've been watching lately... I've always liked books that delve into darker characters, and Quantrill definitely falls into that category. There's a bit of magical realism happening in the story as well, which I was really surprised to find. I really liked the way that it ended, too.
Enjoyed the book. Wish I knew more about Quantrill so I knew how much was fictionalized. On my "shelves" I put it under historic-fiction, though it' probably more appropriately a Western. I just don't read enough westerns to make it worth adding another shelf!