“Corbett delivers a rich, hard-hitting epic.”
“The best in contemporary crime fiction—or in contemporary fiction, period.”
“Corbett, like Robert Stone and Graham Greene before him, is crafting important, immensely thrilling books.”
“That rare beast: a work of popular fiction that is both serious and thrilling.”
“The line runs through Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene, straight on to David Corbett. I’m not kidding. He’s that good.”
“For all the lyricism of his narration and the compassion he shows, Corbett never strays too far from the blunt vigor of California noir.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Corbett is the best of Quentin Tarantino and Elmore Leonard. Nobody writes crime fiction better.”
“Corbett handles his story line and subplots adroitly, in economical but polished prose, but his real strength is in character development.”
The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday
David has regained his rights to this book and it is now once again available thanks to Square Tire Books
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 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’ own, 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.
NAMED A TOP PICK OF 2018 BY BOOKREPORTER
—Peter Moreira, Acclaimed author of the Haight Crime series
“David Corbett’s latest, The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, is just terrific. The correspondence between Doc and his cousin sings with truth and passion, and the greater story of the letters’ provenance provides thrills enough for several novels. Highly recommended.”
—New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart
“David Corbett swaggers in to the new American western with the fresh and inventive The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday. The novel melds action thriller, courtroom drama, and Elmore Leonard-style crime novel to explore the territory where legend, lore, and fact collide. Corbett frames all of it by weaving in the correspondences between Doc Holliday and his cousin Mattie, creating an elegant counterpoint between old west and new.”
“Corbett’s character-driven legal thriller is full of suspense and hard-charging gun-slinging action from the Old West to a modern-day shoot-out. The courtroom scenes are a master class in legal procedural fiction with quick-fired exchanges between all parties as the arts lawyer, Lisa Balamaro, seeks to have the stolen letters protected by the courts. Outside the courtroom, other characters find ways beyond the law to settle their disputes with deadly consequences, and an action-packed finale full of strategic combat complexity makes the shootouts of the Old West seem like a simpler time. But the results of violent revenge are timeless, and Corbett has served it up cold with calculated precision.”
—US Review of Books
“I just finished reading and loved The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday. Such a very creative and clever construct. The letters themselves are pitch perfect and oh so sad. And the tactical detail of the modern ‘shootout’ is spot on. As you can imagine, I’ve been in my fair share of combat, and you nail the conversation, tactics, and sensibilities of your combatants. I loved every minute of the book, and I think it stands with the one I read at Southcom [Blood of Paradise] as your best work. Well done.”
—Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.)
“What a joy. What an amazing read. The writing is simply beautiful. The characters, all flawed, are all believable. The plot is fast-paced, but this is not your typical run and gun thriller. This is one of those novels you must read to the very last page to get the true meaning of the book. I am not often moved by a thriller. This is one I will remember for a long, long time.”
—Bestselling author Rick Pullen
—Bonnye Reed Frye, NetGalley