Sin Killer

Sin Killer

Large Print - 2002
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
A New York Times BestsellerIt is 1830, and the Berrybender family, rich, aristocratic, English, and fiercely out of place, is on its way up the Missouri River to see the American West as it begins to open up. Lord and Lady Berrybender have abandoned their palatial home in England to explore the frontier and to broaden the horizons of their children, who include Tasmin, a budding young woman of grit, beauty, and determination, her vivacious and difficult sister, and her brother. As they journey by rough stages up the Missouri River, they meet with all the dangers, difficulties, temptations, and awesome natural scenery of the untamed West, as well as a cast of characters that includes Indians, pioneers, mountain men, and explorers (both historical and imaginary), and with as many adventures. At the very core of the story is Tasmin's fast developing relationship with Jim Snow, frontiersman, ferocious Indian fighter, and part-time preacher (known up and down the Missouri as the Sin Killer). The strong, handsome, silent westerner eventually captures her heart, despite the fact that they are two intensely strong-willed people, from very different backgrounds.
Publisher: [United States] : Wheeler Pub., [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781587243011
Branch Call Number: Large Print MCM
Characteristics: 360 pages (large print) :,maps ;,24 cm.


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Oct 09, 2016

Not bad work for a man who's published as many long fiction works as has McMurtry in his life. Glad I read it.

May 10, 2010

Much of McMurtry's charm is his ability to blend horrific, gritty reality with humor. Sinkiller, the first book in the Berrybender narratives, sometimes goes overboard on both counts. The story is both too awful AND too funny to put down.

It is 1830, and the Berrybender family — rich, aristocratic, English, and hopelessly out of place — is on its way up the Missouri River to see the untamed West as it begins to open up. With irascible determination — and a great deal of outright chaos — the party experiences both the awesome majesty and brutal savagery of the unexplored land, from buffalo stampedes and natural disasters to Indian raids and encounters with frontiersmen and trappers, explorers, pioneers, and one part-time preacher known as "the Sin Killer."

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