Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral is two books about one man: Wyatt Earp who straddles two periods in American history. Periods separated by myth and technology. In one, The Wild West, the frontier is still open. Laws are rarely enforced. Communication is slow or nonexistent, and travel is no faster than a man can walk or ride. Once the Twentieth Century arrives, the frontier closes, communications are almost instantaneous, roads are built and the law finds the lawless. At the pivot point stands Wyatt Earp and his brothers in Tombstone, AZ. The Cow Boys are running wild. The Federal government, the State/Territorial governments are powerless to intercede. After a series of escalating events (the shootout at the O.K. Corral is but one) Wyatt is pushed to his breaking point. The West is tamed (and closed). Wyatt spends rest of his long life living down and trying to rebuild his reputation. This is the second half of the book. I wasn’t expecting it, and it was a jarring transition by Russell. Yet it was interesting. I enjoy her writing style and recommend this book and the prequel ‘Doc‘ to anyone, whether they like Westerns or not.