"Promised Land" Book 3 of "Wyatt Earp, An American Odyssey" 

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From all over the country, dreamers are trekking to Tombstone, Arizona Territory, where a major silver strike promises new opportunities for a man to make his fortune. Wyatt Earp brings to the boomtown a wagon and team of draft horses to open a stage line that will transport people and bullion, but finding the stage business glutted, Wyatt is pulled back into law enforcement. But Tombstone is not Kansas, where rowdy Texas drovers bring longhorn cattle, mischief, and mayhem . . . all on a seasonal basis. In Arizona desperate saddlers--many of them run out of Texas by the Rangers--make trouble year round, rustling cattle from Mexico and selling it cheap to small-time ranchers, who have reason to turn a blind eye to their crimes. With three of the Earp brothers wearing badges, the cow-boys face a new threat to their profligate lifestyle. When Doc Holliday comes to town and joins the Earp faction, tensions grow tighter. Holding to the letter of the law, the Earps make as many enemies as they do allies in a deeply divided community. Wyatt aspires to be county sheriff, and to that end he bargains with outlaw informants to help him capture three wanted men. When the deal unravels, the cow-boy traitors fear retribution from their own, planting the seed for the thirty seconds that will ensure Wyatt Earp his place in history--the gunfight that erupts behind the O.K. Corral. What follows--assassination and swift justice--guarantees that Wyatt Earp's fame will forever be measured within the debate over law versus order.

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