If there is an unknown equation in the oft-told story of Tombstone, Arizona, and the O.K. Corral shoot-out it is the McLaury brothers, Frank and Tom, who perished at the hands of the brothers Earp and Doc Holliday on October 26, 1881.
Until now little reliable has been written on the McLaurys, but this has been substantially remedied with the publication of The McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona: An O.K. Corral Obituary, which attempts to bring their lives, careers and motivations into the light of historical fidelity. Years of patient and extensive research by author Paul Lee Johnson has produced a carefully-crafted volume, replete with much contemporaneous documentation, which attempts, as much as possible given certain gaping holes in their Western wanderings, to create reliable portraits of these two.