The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion by Loren D. Estleman

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Johnny Vermillion’s theater troupe brings masterpieces to the Wild West. The four actors are versatile enough to wear many costumes and play many roles. A few props, a little makeup, a costume and--voilà--applause on the rugged frontier.

Johnny also arranges a special attraction for each town. While his actors bustle in and out of costumes, on and off the stage in many roles, one plays the villain in the bank. Then the actors take their curtain calls and railroad away.

Who? Us? Rob a bank? But you saw all of us on stage. When could we have done that?

A Pinkerton man becomes the troupe’s severest critic: He notices the news reports of stage performances one day and bank robberies the next. He follows the troupe, packing his suspicions. Finally, he sets a clever trap.

Johnny Vermillion is one of the most entertaining rogues ever to turn a dishonest dollar. Any audience will love a troupe that can transform A Midsummer Night’s Dream into grand larceny.

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About Loren D. Estleman

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Loren D. Estleman was born in Michigan on September 15, 1952. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. He spent several years as a reporter on the police beat before leaving to write full time in 1980. He wrote book reviews for such newspapers as The New York Times and The Washington Post and contributed articles to such periodicals as TV Guide. He is a writer of mysteries and westerns. His first novel was published in 1976 and since then he has published more than 60 books which have been translated into 23 languages. He received four Shamus Awards from the Private Eye Writers of America, five Golden Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America, two American Mystery Awards from Mystery Scene Magazine, and the Michigan Author's Award in 1987.
Published April 1, 2007 by Forge Books. 270 pages
Genres: History, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Every one of Estleman's more than 50 crime novels and westerns (Port Hazard , etc.) offers suspense, action, humor and plot twist, with the westerns all refreshingly devoid of formula horse opera antics.

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Historical Novel Society

Not just any West.” So begins the tale of Johnny Vermillion’s theatre troupe, The Prairie Rose Repertory Company, and their adventures in performing – on stage, and in bank robberies – in the Wild West of 1873.

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