The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion

The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion

Book - 2008
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Johnny Vermillion's theater troupe brings masterpieces to the Wild West. The four actors are versatile enough to wear many costumes and play many roles. A few props, a little makeup, a costume and-- voilà --applause on the rugged frontier.

Johnny also arranges a special attraction for each town. While his actors bustle in and out of costumes, on and off the stage in many roles, one plays the villain in the bank. Then the actors take their curtain calls and railroad away.

Who? Us? Rob a bank? But you saw all of us on stage. When could we have done that?

A Pinkerton man becomes the troupe's severest critic: He notices the news reports of stage performances one day and bank robberies the next. He follows the troupe, packing his suspicions. Finally, he sets a clever trap.

Loren D. Estleman's The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion features one of the most entertaining rogues ever to turn a dishonest dollar. Any audience will love a troupe that can transform A Midsummer Night's Dream into grand larceny.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2008.
Edition: First mass market edition.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780765348128
Branch Call Number: EST
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 18 cm


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Jun 05, 2014

This is not a genre of books I typically read but a theatre troupe that robs banks? Such a book could not be dismissed.

Johnny Vermillion loves the theatre. He uses a lifetime of listening to his father’s backroom deals to rob banks across the American West under the guise of the Prairie Rose Repertoire Co. The 'Ace in the Hole' gang under the leadership of Black Jack and a lone Pinkerton man on his first field assignment raise the stakes.

This was a great story. The narrative style was written like a newspaper article but gave the feel of a film noir. It really drew me into the tale. The characters do not have any real depth but this wasn’t a detraction for me. I found it amusing, unique and just a little clever.

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