Doc by Mary Doria Russell (2011)
Forget Val Kilmer (Tombstone), Dennis Quaid (Wyatt Earp) or Victor Mature (My Darling Clementine). This is the story of the real Doc Holliday, a well educated Southern gentleman who is exiled from his Georgia family when tuberculosis strikes. Sent to the west to recover, Doc ends up in Dodge City where he first meets his friend Morgan Earp and his upright, teetotaler brother Wyatt.
In Doc, the events before the Earps and Doc move to Arizona are played out against the wild cattle town of Dodge City where money and politics are already the powers that be. After a slow beginning that fills in Doc’s early days, this colorful and eventful story tells the story of the friendships that become a second family for the gentlemanly Doc. As the disease takes over his life it becomes almost another character in this poignant western story.