A Good Man by Guy Vanderhaeghe

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The great events in this novel cast a shadow over the characters, exert over them, perhaps, too great a weight of imagination. Custer’s defeat and Sitting Bull’s tragedy stand like a brick wall in front of the narrative — blocked by that wall, the characters can only scratch their heads...
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In the ambitious and masterful final novel of his bestselling trilogy, Guy Vanderhaeghe, returns to the nineteenth century Canadian and American West to explore the final days of one of the world’s last great frontiers.

Wesley Case is a former soldier and son of a Canadian lumber baron who sets out into the untamed borderlands between Canada and the United States to escape a dark secret from his past. He settles in Montana where he hopes to buy a cattle ranch, and where he begins work as a liaison between the American and Canadian militaries in an effort to contain the Native Americans’ unresolved anger in the wake of the Civil War. Amidst the brutal violence that erupts between the Sioux warriors and U.S. forces, Case’s plan for a quiet ranch life is further compromised by an unexpected dilemma: he falls in love with the beautiful, outspoken, and recently widowed Ada Tarr. It’s a budding romance that soon inflames the jealousy of Ada’s quiet and deeply disturbed admirer, Michael Dunne. When the American government unleashes its final assault on the Indians, Dunne commences his own vicious plan for vengeance in one last feverish attempt to claim Ada as his own.
 

About Guy Vanderhaeghe

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Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Saskatchewan in 1951. He is the author of six books of fiction, including The Englishman’s Boy, which won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction and for Best Book of the Year; and the bestseller, The Last Crossing, a Book Sense 76 Selection and winner of Canada Reads 2004 and the CBA Libris Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 479 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Andrew Pyper on Sep 06 2012

His long-time-coming new novel, A Good Man, is the kind of impeccably crafted, Dickensian charmer we have come to expect from Vanderhaeghe’s now completed “literary western” trilogy...

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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Sep 16 2011

The great events in this novel cast a shadow over the characters, exert over them, perhaps, too great a weight of imagination. Custer’s defeat and Sitting Bull’s tragedy stand like a brick wall in front of the narrative — blocked by that wall, the characters can only scratch their heads...

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