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Drum's ring
Wheeler, Richard S.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, ME : G. K. Hall, 2002.

Physical Description:
328 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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After her husband's death, Angie Drum inherited his newspaper, The Opportunity Outlook, and the responsibility of publishing it. She does her best to print the truth but finds herself at odds with the Kansas town's entrepreneurs -including her son, the mayor of Opportunity. Then a prominent Texas rancher commits suicide, just after his team of drovers sold their stock. Covering the story, Angie learns that the Texan was being plagued by personal troubles -and may have also been the victim of extortion from the town's marshal. Now, Angie has decided to publish these allegations which implicates various members of the town's business community. But her quest for the truth may reveal more about her fellow citizens -and her son -than she wants to know. And it may also place her life in jeopardy

Author Notes

Richard S. (Shaw) Wheeler was born in Milwaukee in 1935 and grew up in nearby Wauwatosa. Wheeler spent three years in Hollywood in the mid-50s, where he worked in a record store and took acting lessons while struggling as a screenwriter. He eventually returned home, and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

He spent over a decade as a newspaperman, working as an editorial writer for the Phoenix Gazette, editorial page editor for the Oakland, California, Tribune, reporter on the Nevada Appeal in Carson City, and reporter and assistant city editor for the Billings, Montana, Gazette.

In 1972, he turned to book editing, working in all for four publishers through 1987. As an editor for Walker & Company he edited twelve Western novels a year. Sandwiched between editing stints, in the mid-70s he worked at the Rancho de la Osa dude ranch in Sasabe, Arizona, on the Mexican border. There, in the off season, he experimented with his own fiction and wrote his first novel, Bushwack, published by Doubleday in 1978.

Five more Western novels followed Bushwack before Wheeler was able to turn to writing full time: Beneath the Blue Mountain (1979), Winter Grass (1983), Sam Hook (1986), Richard Lamb (1987) and Dodging Red Cloud (1987).

(Bowker Author Biography)