Black Hats Patrick Culhane, Harper Collins, $24.95, Hardcover; 800-242-7737.

blackhatsWizened Wyatt Earp is hired in 1920 by Big Nose Kate to rescue her son. Unbeknown to the world until now, Kate gave birth to Doc Holliday’s child who is the spittin’ image of his infamous father, complete with a deck of cards and a penchant for trouble.

Johnny Holliday owns a speakeasy in New York City and is about to be fitted for cement shoes by none other than Al Capone who is taking over the bootleg whiskey business. Tommy guns and superficial characters who never get beyond money, broads and double-cross fill these pages aimed at a Hollywood TV comedy complete with an ending befitting Robert Redford’s The Sting. —Phyllis Morreale-de la Garza

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