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eBook Cottonwood ePub

by Scott Phillips

  • ISBN: 0330493183
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: Scott Phillips
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pan MacMillan (July 31, 2005)
  • Pages: 356
  • ePub book: 1286 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1310 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 424


Scott Phillips (Author).

Scott Phillips (Author).

Free books to read or listen online in a convenient form, a large collection, the best authors and series. That novel featured the Kansas town beginning in 1872 when it was just a small community of run down farms, dusty roads, and two-bit crooks.

It matched the one she’d made for Garth; I had not received one. Christmas, Ninna said. Ought to spend it at home. Might be a good idea to go to church, even. Ought to go to church on Christmas. Despite my best efforts to keep the day harmonious I opened my mouth. And why would that be?. Jesus’s birthday, she said quietly, gazing in her placid, bovine way at an abandoned dugout just outside of town

If Bill Ogden is a typical Westerner and Cottonwood a typical Kansas town - then a million books and films have lied! Read this for its wonderful black humour and its sadly inevitable feeling that we are all losers: except maybe Bill, who can always fall back on his collection of porn - in its original Latin and Greek.

Scott Phillips is the national bestselling author of The Walkaway and The Ice Harvest, which was a finalist for the Hammett Prize, the Edgar Award, and the Anthony Award. He was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and lived for many years in France

Scott Phillips is the national bestselling author of The Walkaway and The Ice Harvest, which was a finalist for the Hammett Prize, the Edgar Award, and the Anthony Award. He was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, and lived for many years in France. He now lives with his wife and daughter in St. Louis, Missouri.

The author of The Ice Harvest and The Walkaway returns with a novel set in 1870s and 1880s Kansas and California.

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Unh Unh
I'd just shotgunned the Deadwood TV series when I plucked Cottonwood from my shelf, hoping to keep that buzz going with its namesake outlaw frontier town. As with the aforementioned show, the most surprising element of Phillips's book is its persistent humor, which often derives less from situations as it does from the language that describes them, coming from the literate tongue of our … well, let's not say "hero" … Bill Ogden. The prose is eloquent filth, certainly of its time and well-researched. Though its second half is less plotty, I enjoyed that more, watching Ogden return to the town he once fled after having built it, marveling at its progress yet still mired in some of the same muck he thought he'd left in his wake. Frame the story with a historical fiction element in the murderous Bender clan of Kansas, and you've got a compelling read.
Tane Tane
Scott Phillips is an author in total command of his craft.
Having read and loved The Ice Harvest I was looking forward to Cottonwood.
I am not going to compare the two novels, they are both first rate but different.
Cottonwood is told in the first person, which lends an intimacy to the events that unfold.
The novel is about a one-horse town set in Kansas and events that took place in 1872. Bill Ogden owns a saloon and needs money. He gets involved with Marc Leval, a rich Chicago developer who becomes obsessed with Leval's widow. Meanwhile a local family is butchering travelling salesmen. The novel dramatises real crimes that were committed by a clan called The Bloody Benders in the late 1800s.
It is wry, tightly structured, well researched and full of surprises. It is never laboured, which is a tribute to Scott Phillips's ability to make his research come alive.
There is much of the frontier here, and I was reminded of Zane Grey at times but without his idealism. It reads like a Western crossed with Noir
Cottonwood is a tense story that draws you into a seedy world, one which Scott Phillips draws with unerring realism. I look forward to his next one.
Pruster Pruster
I first read Ice Harvest, although not a fan of noir fiction, it looked like a quick read. And it was. Not particularly enjoyable, but not bad either. As I said, I'm not a fan of the noir or "detective/private eye" type literature.
So I decided to give Cottonwood a try, being more up my alley. I never would have guessed this was written by the same author. Much more thoughtful, less simply written, and seemed to me to be a more mature writing style. I've really enjoyed reading this novel. Great attention to detail where needed, and to the point when not. Not sparse, but very clean.
If you've read his other works and weren't a fan, give him another chance. You won't be disappointed in this read!
Zulurr Zulurr
A clever western with plenty of action and dry wit.
This book is very good from beginning to the end.
Recommend this novel for any western fan, or even if you're not. It won't disappoint. Reminds me of the Deadwood HBO series
I had high hopes for this novel after reading the other Amazon reviews. To my displeasure, I found the novel wanting. It was lacking in suspense; both in plot and in character development. The main character 'aged' 20+ years throughout the course of the novel, but his outlook remained stagnant. Some readers/reviewers might consider his laconic and meandering personality to be refreshing, charmingly hard-boiled or amusing. I found it to be boring. I will give the novelist credit for his skillful depiction of an archetypal Kansas 'boom' town. But, disappointingly, there is little else to recommend.
Dalallador Dalallador
Scott Phillips' first two novels -- quirky, darkly funny crime stories set roughly in the present -- proved that he can write. In Cottonwood, Phillips departed from the conventions of crime fiction to write a quirky, darkly funny western. Crime works its way into the story, but the crime plot is secondary to Phillips' strong characterization.

Cottonwood takes place between 1872 and 1890. Essentially a mixture of a western and a thriller/mystery, Cottonwood tells the story of Bill Ogden, a photographer who comes to the frontier town of Cottonwood, Kansas to homestead a farm with his new Dutch wife and their son. Ogden doesn't take to farming, so he hires a hand to do most of the work while he establishes a saloon and photography studio in the town. The handyman catches the attention of Ogden's wife, a circumstance that would probably be more upsetting to Ogden but for his uncontrolled gift for charming women, married and unmarried alike. Eventually he becomes entangled in a dangerous affair, starts wondering about the mysterious disappearance of visitors to Cottonwood, gets involved in an old-fashioned shootout, and begins a journey that years later brings him back to a very different Cottonwood.

The story works because Ogden is such a strong character. As he struggles to build a life, struggles with romance, struggles with family, and struggles with moral decisions, the novel's fascination comes from watching him confront (or dodge) those challenges. Phillips tells a lively, imaginative story that is enhanced by his incorporation of a family of Kansas killers into the plot that actually existed. As he did in his first two novels, Phillips proved that he can write. This fine effort deserves a wider audience. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if that option were available.
This novel was very enjoyable. It reminded me of two television programs.---Deadwood and Hell On Wheels. Both programs are about new towns that are starting up in the "Old West." The story is believable and the characters are interesting. The main character is a photographer that is there from the birth of Cottonwood. He tells the story from his point of view. Other interesting characters include the
Benders, a mother and daughter team of mass murderers. While this story is fictional, the Benders were real mass murderers and the author took the time to research them. In conclusion, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the old west and also to those who have enjoyed both television programs.