Historical novel of the friendship between army doctor Valentine McGillycuddy and Crazy Horse.
Winner of the Western Heritage Award, this beautifully crafted historical novel from one of the West's most popular writers tells the true story of the friendship between Valentine McGillycuddy, a young doctor plucked from his prestigious medical career and newly married wife to serve in the army during the Great Sioux War, and the fearsome chief Crazy Horse. When Crazy Horse finally agrees to surrender to the United States, mistrust and treachery on both sides generate further conflict, and he is gravely wounded. McGillycuddy declares the chief his patient and struggles through a long night to keep his spirit alive. Set in the sprawling Great Plains during the most tragic period in its history, this tale of bravery, justice, and love weaves a tapestry of time and events into the account of a single day - the last in the life of Crazy Horse to reveal the secrets surrounding America's past.
, a writer and buffalo rancher, is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction about the West. He has worked as an endangered-species biologist and an English teacher. He lives in Whitewood, South Dakota.
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