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I don’t often read historical fiction, and when I do, it’s usually a historical mystery, but I decided to try The Last Cowboy because I’ve read the author’s other books (both thrillers). The Last Cowboy was totally different and I really enjoyed it. The main character, Cal Fisher, tells the story of his life to a writer working for the Federal Writers’ Project, a government program created during the depression to provide paid employment for writers. The writer, Dottie, is doing oral histories.
The book alternates between Cal telling her the fascinating story of his life, including being orphaned during an Indian attack and working on a ranch as a cowboy, and the story in the present of the problems between him and his daughter. His daughter accuses him early in the book of killing her mother. Wanting to know more about life in the late 1800’s/early1900’s and wanting to know if he did indeed kill his wife kept me turning the pages, and I became totally involved with the characters, especially Cal. I think anyone who enjoys narrative history would enjoy The Last Cowboy.