"Wilcox, who spent 18 years researching her subject, brings Holliday to life with astonishing clarity, a notable achievement given how he's usually a shadowy supporting figure. Through his on-again, off-again relationship with Mattie-substitute Kate Elder, Wilcox is able to get inside Holliday's head and show readers the mass of contradictions and emotional pain within this Southern gentleman-turned-gambler/gunfighter. Adding to the enjoyment is a smattering of authentic period language: cows aren't watched, they're "worried at," and gun-toting men frequently refer to 'being heeled.' A must-read for fans of the Old West." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Wilcox's creative prose is backed by the historic details a novelist of literary history knows require accuracy...provides readers the opportunity to understand his life, motivations, relationships, passions, vices and loves through a new identity, rather than the cliched 'Doc' of Hollywood, pulps and popular culture... a unique voice that is also as 'true' to the history-and the legend -as possible." - Stuart Rosebrook, "True West Magazine" "This wonderfully written novel brings together one of the great stories of the American Frontier. Author Wilcox has done a superb job through fiction of creating a sense of time and place and giving us an intriguing look at one of the most controversial figures in the West-Dr. John Henry Holliday." - Casey Tefertiller, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of "Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend" "Wilcox pursues the truth in a powerful and moving novel that is not tainted by the legend of its central character, trapped by the documentary evidence of his life, or tempted to ignore history. She tells his story with an intimate voice that is surprisingly fresh and compelling." - Dr. Gary Roberts, bestselling author of "Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend" "Through her intimate, firsthand knowledge of Doc Holliday, his youthful environs and his living relatives, Victoria Wilcox has discovered and distilled much of Doc's actual history, weaving it in with passed-down family folklore. This firsthand account of Doc's travels and acquaintances rivals other historical novels like Gettysburg and Killing Lincoln." - Don Weber, New York Times Bestselling author of "Silent Witness"