Swedes' Ferry by Allan SafarikSwedes' Ferry by Allan Safarik

Swedes' Ferry

byAllan Safarik

Paperback | September 1, 2013

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Shortlisted for the SaskPower Fiction Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards 2014. Tall Bob takes time off his day job to make a quick buck south of the border, robbing the First National Bank in Bismarck, North Dakota. When he gets away with the Great Northern Railroad payroll, but inadvertently kills the bank manager in the process, he winds up battling to stave off the intentions of not only a very nasty Pinkerton agent, but the third-richest man in the United States. The chase is on, across much of the Canadian prairies and the northern American plains. This is fascinating historical fiction, full of detailed information about the prairie border country, the people, the horses, and the weaponry, as well as the customs and cultural peccadilloes of the day in neighbouring nations that are developing in very different ways.
Allan has published nearly 20 books of poetry, and edited untold numbers of others. He's also the author of the memoir Notes From the Outside: Episodes From an Unconventional Life and the co-author of his father's bestselling eco/fishing memoir Bluebacks and Silvberbrights: A Lifetime in the BC Fisheries from Bounty to Plunder. He cofo...
Title:Swedes' FerryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:241 pages, 8.28 × 6.17 × 0.6 inPublished:September 1, 2013Publisher:Coteau BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1550505610

ISBN - 13:9781550505610

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I read it in one sitting This is an exciting ride that slides easily between the literary refinement of Guy Vanderhaeghe and the blatantly gritty westerns of Loren D. Estleman and Elmore Leonard. It is well written, full of suspense and an interesting intermingling of historical fact with inventive fiction. The appealing but slightly twisted Mountie and the attention of geographic and historical details like the portrait of J. J. Hill made it really sing to me. I have read Safarik the poet for thirty years and this is not what I expected from the first published novel of a poet - even one as controlled as he is. The writing is so tightly reigned in that I could easily imagine it being read aloud by Gary Cooper.
Date published: 2013-11-08