Mary Doria Russell is the award-winning author of four previous bestsellers: "The Sparrow, Children of God, A Thread of Grace, " and "Dreamers of the Day." Widely praised for her meticulous research, fine prose, and compelling narrative drive, Russell is uniquely suited to telling the story of the lawman Wyatt Earp and the dental surgeon John Henry Holliday. The daughter of Dick Doria, five-term sheriff of Dupage County, Illinois, Mary grew up with guns and cops but she also holds a doctorate in biological anthropology and taught gross anatomy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry before she left academe to write.
Praise for" Doc""Fact and mythmaking converge as Russell creates a Dodge City filled with nuggets of surprising history, a city so alive readers can smell the sawdust and hear the tinkling of saloon pianos...Filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving--a magnificent read." "-Kirkus"Praise for Mary Doria Russell "In clean, effortless prose and with captivating flashes of wit, Mary Doria Russell creates memorable characters who navigate the world of exciting ideas and disturbing moral issues without ever losing their humanity or humor."--"The Bookwatch, " on "The Sparrow" "The action moves swiftly, with impressive authority, jostling dialogue, vibrant personalities and meticulous, unexpected historical detail. The intensity and intimacy of Russell's storytelling, her sharp character writing and fierce sense of humor bring fresh immediacy to this riveting . . . saga." --"Publishers Weekly, " on" A Thread of Grace" "Brilliant . . . powerful . . . Russell is an outstanding natural storyteller whose remarkable wit, erudition, and dramatic skills keep us turning the pages in excitement and anticipation." --"San Francisco Chronicle, "on "Children of God" "Rapturous and relevant . . . a wonderful story that brings to life a period of history that has remarkable parallels to our own."--"Seattle Post-Intelligencer, " on" Dreamers of the Day"