In the author’s note for his new book, “Dodge City,” Tom Clavin notes that there are already many books about that frontier Kansas town and its two most famous lawmen, Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. “Almost all of the books are largely fiction,” he writes, “including the ones published as nonfiction.” What makes this former New York Times reporter’s telling of the tale different is his dedication to the most reliable research. Happily, the facts he found are usually as engaging as the embellishments, and he’s able to tell a story that’s both entertaining and informative, putting Earp and Masterson in context and explaining why what they did in Dodge City was so crucial to the development of the late 19th Century American West. Clavin’s previous books include the bestseller “The Heart of Everything That Is,” about Sioux warrior Red Cloud.
Tom Clavin book reading: Monday, 7:30 p.m., at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Free; reserved seating available. (858) 454-0347 or warwicks.com
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