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by Edwin Shrake

Author: Edwin Shrake
Language: English
Publisher: Harper's Magazine Press; 1st edition (1972)
Pages: 375 pages
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Rating: 4.7
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Strange Peaches; A Novel book. A TV western star quits his successful series and returns.

There were fortunes to be made, vast areas of land to be gained, and battles to be fought and won. Skillfully woven into the action-filled narrative are true historical figures, wrenching love stories, and riveting battle scenes - all ingredients of superb historical fiction.

And Edwin Shrake's narrative has been amply dosed with Dexadrine. A fine, bitter, sometimes savage but always controlled novel. Or it might have been that he was high at the time and thought that it worked. But either way, the ending keeps the book from being a true classic. 5 people found this helpful.

Edwin A. "Bud" Shrake, Jr. (September 6, 1931 – May 8, 2009) was an American journalist, sportswriter, novelist, biographer and screenwriter. He co-wrote a series of golfing advice books with golf coach Harvey Penick, including Harvey Penick's Little Red Book, a golf guide that became the best-selling sports book in publishing history.

Edwin Shrake, Bud Shrake. Edwin Shrake, George Guidall. Blessed McGill (Texas Literary Classics). Custer's Brother's Horse. Set in Dallas in November 1963, the book chronicles the party days and nights of John Lee Wallace, local Texas boy made good in Hollywood, but distraught about the hypocrisy of life. Like the drinks his characters are always carrying, Shrake attempts to combine 2/3s comedy with 1/3 tragedy

Strange Peaches By Edwin Shrake. 375 pp. New York: Harper's Magazine Press. I am sure that this big novel, two parts anger to one part humor, is fast and surefire. And Edwin Shrake's narrative technique has been amply dosed with Dexedrine. There's not an ounce of fat on it.

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Shrake lives in Austin, Texas.

Edwin "Bud" Shrake is one of the most intriguing literary talents to emerge from Texas. He has written vividly in fiction and nonfiction about everything from the early days of the Texas Republic to the making of the atomic bomb. His real gift has been to capture the Texas Zeitgeist.

Edwin Shrake’s Strange Peaches (designated a Texas Literary Classic) goes deep into Dallas’s seedy underworld with Jack Ruby at its nexus. Another highlight is The Tears of Autumn, a novel by Charles McCarry, a CIA agent at the time of the assassination, who speculates on some eye-for-an-eye chicanery tied into the assassination, earlier that month, of Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem. King’s novel appeared in 2011, near the 50-year mark of the assassination. To my knowledge, it is the last major fictionalized undertaking of the assassination to appear before the release of these documents.

A TV western star quits his successful series and returns to Dallas to make a documentary film that reveals the truth about his home town. His quest forces him to learn if he is capable of using his six-gun for real as he moves from booze and radical politics in oil men's palaces into the infamous Carousel Club and the underworld of arms and dope smuggling in a city ripe for the murder of a President.