The Shootist by Glendon Swarthout

bookshelves: play-dramatisation, published-1975, western, under-500-ratings, autumn-2014, medical-eew, lifestyles-deathstyles, serial-killer, film-only, fradio

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from October 23 to 27, 2014

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04m7btv

Description: Classic Western starring Brian Cox and Michelle Fairley. The Shootist is John Bernard Books, the last surviving top gunfighter in a vanishing American West. He rides into El Paso in the year 1901, to be told by a doctor that he has a terminal illness. As word spreads that the famous assassin has reached the end, an assortment of vultures gather to feast upon his corpse. Books outwits them all by selecting the where, when, and manner of his death.

Then we watched the film.

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