The Doctor and the Kid: A Weird West Tale
by Mike Resnick
Prometheus Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616145378
Date: January 2012 List Price £13.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected proof Copy: Tireless and endlessly inventive, Mike Resnick has a career stretching back through more than fifty published novels and two hundred short stories. This man is a machine! And he's also one of the most 'decorated' names in the business, with five Hugo wins under his belt and great deal more nominations over the years. And what is the secret of this success? Well, other than the obvious elements of talent and hard graft, it is Resnick's knack for consistently coming up with strong commercial ideas that keeps him on bookstore shelves when other authors have fallen by the wayside. His latest novel, to be published by Pyr early next year is a follow up to The Buntline Special.
The Doctor and The Kid a novel deliciously described as "A Weird West Tale" has an irresistibly commercial hook that is bang on what the market is hot for right now.
"This is the rip-roaring steampunk sequel to popular "The Buntline Special", filled with adventure, excitement, and more than a little gun-slinging action! The time is 1882. With the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral behind him, the consumptive Doc Holliday makes his way to Deadwood, Colorado, where he plans to spend the rest of his short life. But one night he gets a little too drunk and loses everything at the gaming table. He realizes that he needs to replenish his bankroll, and quick, so that he can live out his days in comfort. He considers his options and hits upon the one most likely to produce income in a hurry: he'll use his shooting skills to turn bounty hunter. The biggest reward is for the death of the young desperado known as Billy the Kid. It's clear from the odds the Kid has faced and beaten, that he is protected by some powerful magic. Doc enlists the aid of both magic (Geronimo) and science (Thomas Edison), and goes out after his quarry. But as he soon finds out, nothing is as easy as it looks. "