Cashbox by Richard S. Wheeler

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The American West comes alive as silver mines and second chances lure speculators, adventuresses, and seasoned miners to a small Montana mining town in the 1880s. By the author of Badlands.
 

About Richard S. Wheeler

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Richard S. (Shaw) Wheeler was born in Milwaukee in 1935 and grew up in nearby Wauwatosa. Wheeler spent three years in Hollywood in the mid-50s, where he worked in a record store and took acting lessons while struggling as a screenwriter. He eventually returned home, and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He spent over a decade as a newspaperman, working as an editorial writer for the Phoenix Gazette, editorial page editor for the Oakland, California, Tribune, reporter on the Nevada Appeal in Carson City, and reporter and assistant city editor for the Billings, Montana, Gazette. In 1972, he turned to book editing, working in all for four publishers through 1987. As an editor for Walker & Company he edited twelve Western novels a year. Sandwiched between editing stints, in the mid-70s he worked at the Rancho de la Osa dude ranch in Sasabe, Arizona, on the Mexican border. There, in the off season, he experimented with his own fiction and wrote his first novel, Bushwack, published by Doubleday in 1978. Five more Western novels followed Bushwack before Wheeler was able to turn to writing full time: Beneath the Blue Mountain (1979), Winter Grass (1983), Sam Hook (1986), Richard Lamb (1987) and Dodging Red Cloud (1987).
 
Published June 1, 1994 by Forge. 381 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author of the paperback series Skye's West brings a small Montana mining town to life and tells the story of its citizens' pursuit of their dreams.

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New arrivals in the thriving silver city in 1888 are mining magnate Cornelius Daley and Sylvie Duvalier, an entrepreneur of a different stripe who has come to Cashbox to open a quality ``gentlemen's club.'' The two forge an unlikely alliance and their fortunes soar with those of the town.

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