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A good man, Guy Vanderhaeghe

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A good man
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A good man
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Guy Vanderhaeghe
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eng
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  • This is the final volume in award-winning Canadian novelist Vanderhaeghe’s trilogy set in the nineteenth-century Canadian and American West (following The Englishman’s Boy, 1997, and The Last Crossing, 2004). After a brief stint with the North-West Mounted Police in western Canada, a disillusioned Wesley Case decides to strike out on his own as a cattle rancher in Montana. He also agrees to act as a liaison between former colleague Major Walsh (a real-life figure) and the U.S. Army in Montana, both of whom are concerned about Sitting Bull. Case, ever the diplomat, proves adept at handling the complicated arrangement but is entirely flummoxed by his own attraction to the comely Ada Tarr, a feisty schoolteacher given to airing her many opinions. But both of them find themselves in danger when psychopathic Michael Dunne takes it into his head that Ada is in love with him. Vanderhaeghe is often compared to Larry McMurtry, and rightfully so, for his muscular prose readily conveys not only the nuanced love story but also the rugged beauty of the western landscape and the chaotic battle scenes that haunt his protagonists. -- Wilkinson, Joanne (Reviewed 11-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 6, p28)
  • A brisk western turns introspective in Vanderhaeghe’s (The Last Crossing) latest when a rich Canadian man’s son tries to make good as a rancher in the Montana Territory only to have the locals turn against him. Rather than work for the Canadian government, Wesley Case spurns his father’s wishes and uses the last of his military pay to buy a ranch outside Fort Benton, in 1876 a rough frontier town facing a looming Sioux uprising after Custer’s last stand. From his new home, Wesley is well positioned to relay military information between Major Walsh, his old Canadian commander, and Major Ilges, the head of Fort Benton. In time, he crosses paths with the charming, outspoken Ada Tarr, the bored wife of a crooked frontier lawyer, and comes across old foe Michael Dunne, a Canadian farm boy who made good by spying on Civil War collaborators. Michael makes his living trading information in Fort Benton—and also admires Ada—and greatly resents Wesley’s intrusion. The collision of lives on the harsh edge between the wild and the settled, slow to unspool, finally pays dividends as Wesley finds himself torn between the community he’s invested in and a world he outwardly spurns but uses to his advantage. This tension draws out a potentially tedious journey of paper-shuffle politics into a cohesive high-stakes drama. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed October 17, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 42, p)
  • Vanderhaeghe's The Last Crossing was a BookSense 76 selection, an IMPAC Dublin literary award nominee, and a multi-award winner in Canada; The Englishman's Boy won the Governor General's Award and the Saskatchewan Book Award. Both were Canadian best sellers, and they set the stage for this final book in a trilogy set along the U.S.-Canadian border after the Civil War. Wesley Case, son of a Canadian timber baron, looks for a quiet life as a cattle rancher in Montana but instead finds himself caught between Native Americans and the U.S. and Canadian militaries. He's also caught between the feisty widow he's fallen for and her other, less rational suitor. Not just for devotees of Westerns. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed August 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 13, p58)
  • A sprawling Western, in just the way that some of Cormac McCarthy's novels are Westerns, by prizewinning Canadian author Vanderhaeghe (The Last Crossing, 2004, etc.). The frontier, Canadian and American, was settled at least in part by children of privilege who rejected comfort for adventure. Wesley Case, the son of a timber baron, is one such chap: Not content to coast on the family's millions ("So to hell with Father"), he's joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to battle Irish Republican terrorists, French separatists and other enemies of order--not least of them unreconstructed Southerners bent on wreaking vengeful havoc on the Union, operating from Canadian sanctuaries. Wesley is of the Victorian age, but he's a modern hero, doubtful and reserved, even as love interest Ada Tarr is surrounded by a shadow of hard-won wistfulness, "a sadness that looks back on the passing of things, the death of the very grass she walks on, the leaves withered on the bushes or tumbling along the ground in the breeze." Most modernly, Ada is also married, which puts Wesley in a bind of the sort that Dudley Do-Right never imagined. Ada's no Nell, but Wesley, no matter how conflicted, certainly is a force for the right. His journeys take him throughout the Canadian West and down into the wilds of Montana, where, not long before, George Custer's command fell victim to Sitting Bull, who figures memorably in Vanderhaeghe's closing pages. The book is sharply observed and rich in period details ("Hathaway is the only one in uniform, scarlet jacket and buff breeches, pillbox hat cocked on his head at a rakish angle"); moreover, it's utterly believable while not being steeped in the orotund language or leisurely sentences of the time. If the story sometimes verges on the horse-operatic, it's an entertaining and thoroughly well-written one. Do the Mounties always get their man? Read this satisfying novel and find out.(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2012)
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10017312
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BTCTA
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1951-
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Vanderhaeghe, Guy
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no index present
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fiction
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True
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Western trilogy
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0003
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  • Indians of North America
  • Ranch life
  • Canada, Western
  • Montana
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A good man, Guy Vanderhaeghe
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837167
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24 cm
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464 pages
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9780802120045
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unmediated
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  • (OCoLC)730414325
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A good man, Guy Vanderhaeghe
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24 cm
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464 pages
Isbn
9780802120045
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780802120045
  • (OCoLC)730414325

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