A fictional retelling of Wyatt Earp's and Doc Holliday's remarkable friendship, The Last Kind Words Saloon is a loving tribute to the Old West. Tracing their rich, varied lives from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill's show in Denver, then from Mobetie, Texas, to Tombstone, Arizona, where the story dramatically culminates in the famed gunfight at the OK Corral, Larry McMurtry's first novel in five years is a vivid pastiche that echoes many of his earlier works, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove. The men--legendary gunslingers, cattle ranchers, Indians, even an English baron--are especially potent, while the women are both fiery and long-suffering, running brothels, counting cattle, and breaking horses with the best of them. Together they tell the story of forging a new civilization where only lawlessness had prevailed. By turns hilarious, captivating, and ultimately tragic, The Last Kind Words Saloon celebrates the genius of one of our most original American writers.
"McMurtry is an alchemist who converts the basest materials to gold."--New York Times Book Review "McMurtry can transform ordinary words into highly lyrical, poetic passages. He presents human dramas with sympathy and compassion that make us care about his characters in ways that most novelists can't."--Los Angeles Times