The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion

The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Heading a theater troupe that journeys throughout the wild western frontier, Johnny Vermillion uses their performances as a clever cover-up for a bank robbery operation that is investigated by a suspicious Pinkerton man.

Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780786288359
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 22 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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