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The madstone : a novel  Cover Image Book Book

The madstone : a novel / Elizabeth Crook.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316564342
  • ISBN: 0316564346
  • Physical Description: 279 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-275).
Summary, etc.:
"Texas hill country, 1868. As nineteen-year-old Benjamin Shreve tends to business in his workshop, he witnesses a stagecoach strand a passenger. When the man, a treasure hunter, persuades Benjamin to help track down the vanished coach--and a mysterious fortune left aboard--Benjamin is drawn into a drama whose scope he could never have imagined, for they discover on reaching the coach that its passengers include Nell, a pregnant young woman, and her four-year-old son, Tot, who are fleeing Nell's brutal husband and his murderous brothers. Having told the Freedmen's Bureau the whereabouts of her husband's gang--a sadistic group wanted for countless acts of harassment and violence against Black citizens--Nell is in grave danger. If her husband catches her, he will kill her and take their son. Learning of their plight, Benjamin offers to deliver Nell and Tot to a distant port on the Gulf of Mexico, where they can board a ship to safety. He is joined in this chivalrous act by two other companions: the treasure hunter whose stranding began this endeavor and a restless Black Seminole who is a veteran of wars on both sides of the Rio Grande and who has an escape plan of his own.​ Fraught with jeopardy from the outset, the trek across Texas becomes still more dangerous as buried secrets, including a cursed necklace, emerge. And even as Benjamin falls in love with Nell and imagines a life as Tot's father, vengeful pursuers are never far behind. With its vivid characters and expansive canvas, The Madstone calls to mind Lonesome Dove, yet Elizabeth Crook's new novel is a singular achievement. Told in Benjamin's resolute and unforgettable voice, it is full of eccentric action, unrelenting peril, and droll humor--a thrilling and beautifully rendered story of three people sharing a hazardous and defining journey that will forever bind them together"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Adventure stories.
Treasure troves > Fiction.
Treasure hunting > Fiction.
Gangs > Fiction.
Texas > Fiction.
Genre: Adventure fiction.
Novels.
Western fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 10 of 11 copies available at Bibliomation.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burnham Library - Bridgewater. (Show)

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