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The Undertaker's Wife

(2005)
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The undertaker's wife waits; she weaves; she builds.

The undertaker practices his art, the Dismal Trade, with consummate skill. He has raised it to an art through the high craft of the Connable Method. Through it, he has managed to transform the ugliness of death into a thing of dignity and beauty. Victims brutalized by war, street fights, tavern brawls, ambushes, fires, every hazard in a raw West---these, in his hands, become presentable. Everywhere on the frontier, which erupts with life and death, he offers his skill: to the rich of San Francisco, the bawds and ruffians of the Barbary Coast, to Kansas cowboys, outlaws, soldiers, and sheriffs. He is devoted to dignifying the dead.

She is devoted to making her marriage whole, in spite of the tragedy that surrounds it and, most especially, in spite of the tragedy that in one terrible afternoon strikes at its center.

Today the undertaker is called to disguise the suicide of a famous financier. It is high drama, for only his art can save America's financial markets. Her task on this day is secret, an act of understanding and dedication.

In the end, it is the undertaker's wife who, through love, is able to transcend death.

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Hardback Editions

June 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Undertaker's Wife (Thorndike Large Print Western Series)
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
ISBN: 1-4104-5628-5 / 978-1-4104-5628-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Undertaker's Wife
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
ISBN: 0-7653-0913-0 / 978-0-7653-0913-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Undertaker's Wife
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
ISBN: 0-7653-2612-4 / 978-0-7653-2612-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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August 2009 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Undertaker's Wife
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
ISBN: 0-7653-4811-X / 978-0-7653-4811-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge
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Audio Editions

October 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Undertaker's Wife
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2005 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Undertaker's Wife
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
ISBN: 1-4193-6369-7 / 978-1-4193-6369-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Undertaker's Wife
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
ISBN: 1-4193-6371-9 / 978-1-4193-6371-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Undertaker's Wife
Author(s): Loren D Estleman
Publisher: Forge Books
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