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DAVID CORBETT-The Long Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626949218
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: Black Opal Books - August 18th, 2018





Monday, August 27 at 7 PM

speaking & signing
The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday





The most notorious love letters in American history—supposedly destroyed a century ago—mysteriously reappear, and become the coveted prize in a fierce battle for possession that brings back to life the lawless world evoked in the letters themselves.

Lisa Balamaro is an ambitious arts lawyer with a secret crush on her most intriguing client: former rodeo rider and reformed art forger, Tuck Mercer. In his newfound role as an expert in Old West artifacts, Tuck gains possession of the supposedly destroyed correspondence between Doc Holliday and his cousin and childhood sweetheart, Mattie—who would become Sister Mary Melanie of the Sisters of Mercy.

Given the unlikelihood the letters can ever be fully authenticated, Tuck retains Lisa on behalf of the letters’ owner, Rayella Vargas, to sell them on the black market. But the buyer Tuck finds, a duplicitous judge from the Tombstone area, has other, far more menacing ideas.

As Lisa works feverishly to make things right, Rayella secretly enlists her ex-marine boyfriend in a daring scheme of her own.

When the judge learns he’s been blindsided, he rallies a cadre of armed men for a deadly standoff reminiscent of the moment in history that made Doc famous: The Gunfight at the OK Corral.


For fifteen years, David worked for the San Francisco private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland, and played a significant part in a number of high-profile criminal and civil litigations. In 1995, he eased out of private investigation work to serve as office manager and "Man Friday" for his wife, Terri, as she launched her own law practice, specializing in probate litigation, estate planning, and small business law.  She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in September, 2000, and in January, 2001, passed away at age 46.

He is the author of several books, including The Devil's Redhead, Done for a Dime, Blood of Paradise, Do They Know I'm Running?, The Mercy of the Night, and the novella The Devil Prayed and Darkness Fell.

David's short fiction has also been widely praised, with stories appearing twice in Best American Mystery Stories, and another, "It Can Happen" from San Francisco Noir, nominated for the Macavity Award for Best Short Story of 2005. 

In 2013 he published his writing guide The Art of Character. He teaches and gives seminars and workshops at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico; he's a regular contributor to the writers' blog Writer Unboxed; and his articles on craft and theory have appeared in the New York Times, Narrative, Writer's Digest (where he is a contributing editor), The Writer, Zyzzyva, MovieMaker, Bright Ideas, Crimespree, and other outlets. 

In October 2014 he remarried. He resides in Northern California with his wife, Mette, and their Wheaten terrier, Hamley. 

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