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The Chivalry Of Crime

Desmond Barry

(author)

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Bringing real and invented characters together, this is the story of Joshua, a young and idealistic friend of Robert Ford, the man who killed Jesse James. Joshua is determined to get a gun of his own, a desire that puts his own life in jeopardy and reveals the painful realities masked by America's most cherished myths.
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"She has put us on notice that we talk about race by not talking about it"

The Guardian

Desmond Barry's first novel, The Chivalry of Crime, is the story of one of America's most compelling figures, the outlaw gunslinger Jesse James. Bringing real and invented characters together in a dramatic and moving story, The Chivalry of Crime mingles the life of an imaginary boy with a factually faithful account of the lives of Jesse James and Robert Ford, the man who killed James, in the days when shootists were legends. Joshua, a young, idealistic friend of Ford's, is determined to get a gun of his own - a desire that puts his own life in jeopardy and reveals the painful realities masked by America's most cherished myths.The title is a quote from a Kansas City Times editorial that condemned Jesse James for robbing a bank but celebrated his style for showing that after the Civil War, there were still unbowed men of blood in the south. Violent, lyrically written and heart-rending, The Chivalry of Crime is a brilliant debut.
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Book publisherVintage Publishing
Publication date3 May 2001
FormatPaperback
Pages480
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