The Business of Dying

The Complete Western Stories

By Richard S. Wheeler

Read by Traber Burns and Pam Ward

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Collected here are ten Western short stories by award-winning author Richard S. Wheeler, who makes storytelling look easy: “Mugs Birdsong’s Crime Academy,” “The Last Days of Dominic Prince,” “Dead Weight,” “The Square Reporter,” “A Commercial Proposition,” and more.

Full Description
Play Sample

Runtime

6h 58m

Release

10-01-17

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Westerns

Runtime

6h 58m

Release

10-01-17

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Westerns

Description

Collected here are ten Western short stories by Richard S. Wheeler, the award-winning author who makes storytelling look easy.

In “Mugs Birdsong’s Crime Academy,” celebrated criminal Mugs Birdsong decides to found an academy that will instruct lawmen on the ways and means of lawlessness. “The Last Days of Dominic Prince” is the tragic tale of a cattle baron and his final conflict with the forces of political correctness. “Dead Weight” introduces us to a coffin maker who constructs a work of art. And in the title story, two young men in the gold fields of California spend one last night together as one of them confronts his own imminent death.

This collection also includes “The Square Reporter,” “A Commercial Proposition,” “The Great Filibuster of 1975,” “The Tinhorn’s Lady,” “Hearts,” and “Looking for Love at a Romance Writers Convention.”

Richard S. Wheeler

Author Biography

Richard S. Wheeler is the award-winning author of historical novels, biographical novels, and Westerns. He began his writing career at age fifty, and by seventy-five he had written more than sixty novels. He began life as a newsman and later became a book editor, but he turned to fiction full time in 1987. Wheeler started by writing traditional Westerns but soon was writing large-scale historical novels and then biographical novels. In recent years he has been writing mysteries as well, some under the pseudonym Axel Brand. He has won six Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the literature of the American West.

Traber Burns

Narrator Biography

Traber Burns worked for thirty-five years in regional theater, including the New York, Oregon, and Alabama Shakespeare festivals. He also spent five years in Los Angeles appearing in many television productions and commercials, including Lost, Close to Home, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and others.

Pam Ward

Narrator Biography

Pam Ward, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, found her true calling reading books for the blind and physically handicapped for the Library of Congress’ Talking Books program. The fact that she can work with Blackstone Audio from the beauty of the mountains of Southern Oregon is an unexpected bonus.