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Loren D. Estleman
Roy & Lillie: A Love Story
 
 
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Loren D. Estleman.
Publisher Forge  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780765322289
Pages/Publication Date 270/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30346
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Roy was Judge Roy Bean, the notorious real-life Justice of the Peace whose life has been the source of biographies, novels, plays, and films. Lillie was Lillie Langtry, the celebrated "Jersey Lily" of the British stage. They never met, but for many years Bean, the cantankerous self-styled arbiter of rough frontier justice, wrote fan letters to the beautiful actress across the sea; occasionally, she wrote back. In this novel of letters lost, Loren Estleman brings to life a 20-year correspondence of kindred spirits across the Atlantic.

"Estleman, a longtime mystery and western writer, turns in an unusual sort of real-life-inspired novel.... A large part of Roy Bean lore revolves around his admiration, from afar, of Langtry, naming his saloon-courthouse the Jersey Lilly and its town Langtry in her honor. While the two corresponded through letters, they never met, and Estleman teases out of this history (aided by some admitted 'implausible truth and accepted legend') a sort of fictionalized twin-track biography that traces the careers and personal lives of both.... While the 'love story' is for the most part a subtle undercurrent, this spruced-up account of one of history's great unconsummated relationships remains pleasurable reading from a veteran storyteller."Booklist

 
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