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In the early twentieth century, a man uses ingenuity and his ability to skirt the law to forge the life he desires in the historical novel Selectively Lawless: The True Story of Emmett Long, An American Original by Asa Dunnington. Growing up in Texas and Oklahoma during the early 1900s, Emmett Long is the son of a sharecropper. Not happy with eking out a living for somebody else, fourteen-year-old Emmett strikes out on his own. Armed with resourcefulness and the exceptional gambling skills he learned from his aunt, Emmett sets out for the west coast. Emmett gains a small fortune on his travels as a card shark, though he sometimes cheats. After eighteen months, Emmett purchases a roadster and drives home to show his family. Using the money he earned gambling on the road, Emmett goes into a partnership with his childhood friend and builds a still. Together they create a large and profitable bootlegging business. As time passes and his businesses expand, Emmett becomes a respected citizen of the region and an iconic example of a western outlaw.
Set in the early 1900ss, the engaging historical era story, Selectively Lawless: The True Story of Emmett Long, An American Original by Asa Dunnington, is a fascinating real-life depiction of an extraordinary man. Emmett's provocative propensity for living outside the law gives the story a Jesse James flavor. The irascible protagonist, striking backdrops, and vivid storyline create a spellbinding tale. Asa Dunnington has done an excellent job of portraying the era, the setting, and Emmett's character. Based on the actual events in Emmett Long's life, it is a stunning tale that will enchant readers who love stories about the unique characters who were pioneers of the west.