Re: RARA-AVIS: Perma Red by Debra Magpie Earling

Date: 12 Nov 2005


Re your recollection below:

> I think John Byrne Cooke's THE SNOWBLIND MOON won
> both the Novel of the West
> Spur and the Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award
> (technically not a Spur, although
> it's given by the WWA) for Best First Novel.

You're right. I stand corrected (though I wasn't speaking EX CATHEDRA and allowed as how I'd have to check to make sure).

I count the Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award as equivalent to a Spur. In fact, the actual award for Best First Novel is now a regular Spur trophy, rather than a stylized Indian medicine pipe as in years past.
> One of Cooke's other historical novels, THE
> San Francisco's Barbary Coast and might be
> hardboiled enough to interest
> some readers here.

Another one of Cooke's novels that might interest RA members is SOUTH OF THE BORDER. It purports to be an unpublished manuscript by real-life frontier private eye turned writer Charlie Siringo, and tells the story of how Siringo, now retired and living in Hollywood just after WW1, is hired to work as a screenwriter/security agent during the location shooting of a Western movie in Mexico. Along the way he crosses paths with revolutionary Pancho Villa and the long-thought-dead train robber, Butch Cassidy (a guy Siringo almost caught in real life).


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