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7/2/2012 8:03:00 AM
Pat Naville strikes gold with Cripple Creek
Patrick Naville
Patrick Naville

Dan Engler

The Old West lives on in true Old West fashion in Patrick Naville's new book Cripple Creek.

Main Street shootouts. Fist fights. Hangings. Jail escapes. Indians. Gold. Greed. Whiskey. Good guys, bad guys and everything in-between: Cripple Creek has it all.

The story centers around the chance meeting between two Union War buddies: Mason Proffit, who is quickly establishing a reputation has a master gunslinger, and "Wild" Bill Hickok, who wrote the book on the subject.

Together, Proffit and Hickok make their way from Abilene, Texas, to Cripple Creek, Colo., so Proffit can finalize the legal wranglings of a gold mine he inherited from his uncle, who died in a what was claimed to be a mining explosion. But where there is gold, greed is not far behind and Naville milks that old story line to perfection with more twists and turns than a mountain stream.

A former longtime resident of the Verde Valley, Naville now lives in Prescott Valley. This is his second novel. In his first book, Echo Whispers, Naville brought the legend of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid back to life with a story in which the famous outlaws were locked in a battle with one of Al Capone's henchmen.

Naville's newest book is an absolute page-turner. He does a masterful job of bringing the myriad characters in this book to life. The relationships in the book continue to build and bond throughout. The story line's exhaustive sub-plots are like a bowl of gumbo stew: You can't get enough of it.

Hey, don't assume this book is not for you just because you don't like Westerns. Neither do I. But I love this book. It scoots along like a Porsche Spyder racing along Route 95 through the Nevada desert.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Hale

I was fortunate to work with Pat for about 3 years and still keep in touch with him on a regular basis. I didn't like westerns either until I read his books. It's not so much that I like westerns, it's that I like good writing and Pat's writing is among the best.

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