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DEADWOOD, DAKOTA TERRITORIES, 1876: Legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickok and his friend Charlie Utter have come to the Black Hills town of Deadwood fresh from Cheyenne, fleeing an ungrateful populace. Bill, aging and sick but still able to best any man in a fair gunfight, just wants to be left alone to drink and play cards. But in this town of played-out miners, bounty hunters, upstairs girls, Chinese immigrants, and various other entrepreneurs and miscreants, he finds himself pursued by a vicious sheriff, a perverse whore man bent on revenge, and a besotted Calamity Jane. Fueled by liquor, sex, and violence, this is the real wild west, unlike anything portrayed in the dime novels that first told its story.
Of the many iconic towns of the Old West, none has quite captured our imagination like Deadwood. From the legacy of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane to the current resurgence in mining and gambling, this city in the Black Hills of South Dakota continues to occupy a central place in the American mythos. Deadwood brings together the most captivating writings about the wildest town in the West, including excerpts from novels, period newspaper articles, biographies, and even song lyrics.
Fourteen year-old Mortimer Ridley Chalmers III had cracked the Code of the West back in Philadelphia--in his treasured pulp novels. But in the Black Hills, Coffee Arbuckle is only aware of one code--protecting your own life with the best gun you can get. This Civil War Veteran is set spinning by the violent Gold Rush. He's in for about as much trouble as the teenage dreamer Mortimer, who's caught up in his books. But a partnership may be just the solution for these two desperadoes in a land where every man fights for his own interests.
Deadwood, South Dakota, has been a source of American legend for over one hundred years. European exploration, Indian wars, gold booms and busts, frontier shootouts, and the natural beauty of the surrounding Black Hills have all captured by Americans and foreigners. This book recreates the town that would not die, with wide-open frontier life side by side with a most mercantile respectability, a town that assimilated all that its geography, gold, natural disasters, and the extremes of human behavior could throw in its way. Deadwood was a microcosm of the American frontier and the gold rush town. This history of Deadwood emphasizes the period, 1875-1925, with careful scrutiny of before and after. Deadwood was real. This book a comprehensiveness rarely found. The next best thing to having lived there...
From the back cover: For veteran ranchers Nelson Story of Montana, and Benton McCaleb of Wyoming. It was an opportunity a man did not pass up. In gold camps of the Black Hills, miners were hungry for beef, at boomtown prices. But within the two outfits were Indians, gunmen, Texans, lovesick cowboys, and high spirited women. Worse, the drive would pass through Crow and Sioux territory, when Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn was just hours away. The drives were tangled by violent grudges, stampeding herds, and dangerous deception. The two brawling outfits had one thing in common, a deadly surprise awaiting them at the end of the trail.
Although he was raised by settlers, Touch the Sky was gifted with the strong powers of his ancestors. When he returned to the Cheyenne, the young brave had need of such skills to battle murderous frontiersmen and renegade Indians. Yet not even the mystical ways of a shaman could save his tribe from an outbreak of deadly disease. Racing against time and brutal foes, Touch the Sky had either to forsake his heritage and trust the white man's medicine-or prove his loyalty even as he watched his proud people die. Although this is the second book in the Cheyenne Series, it can be enjoyed fully without having read the first book.
Jarrod Kilkine is in trouble with the army, the law, and a persistent bounty hunter. Fleeing from capture, he heads into the Rocky Mountains where he rescues Brian Tyler, who has been left for dead by the three Jackson brothers. Tyler is a preacher on his way to the town of Rock Springs, and Jarrod reluctantly agrees to accompany him. But when the Jacksons reappear on the scene, will Jarrod side with them or with the law in the final showdown?
The Texas Two Step. . .Death-Head Crossing is just the name of a little town in Texas--until the population starts shrinking one body at a time. But the deaths are as mysterious as the face of the murderer, and only gunslinger Hell Jackson has what it takes to ride through the reign of terror and put an end to the killings.... . .Takes A Deadly TurnJackson also gets an unwanted partner: Everett Sidney Howard, a cub reporter from New York City looking to make a name for himself riding alongside a famous gunman. Together the two face a gauntlet of dangers from rustlers, night riders, and more unexpected foes, as they close in on a murderous gang that'll stop at nothing to get what they want.
BAD MEDICINE The town of Medicine Bow, Arizona, gives Clint Adams a sick feeling right from the start. It seems a deadly epidemic swept through, claiming more than a few lives and driving the rest out in a hurry. But Clint isn't about to flee the scene--especially when he discovers a little girl abandoned by her parents and a feisty young woman determined to save her home. But he soon learns that there are more survivors in town--a group of bad men sicker than any epidemic could explain. OVER FIFTEEN MILLION GUNSMITH BOOKS IN PRINT!
When John Chapel was young, his parents were brutalized and murdered by Bevo Rooks and his gang of cutthroats. With a cold, undying tenacity, he tracked the men across Indian Territory, picking them off one by one. But the wily Rooks got away. Chapel was soon taken in by the Chickasaw Nation and lived as one of them. Twelve years later, Chapel is a deputy marshal, renowned for his ability to run down his quarry. But he hasn't forgotten the promise he made to finish what he began. And Rooks still hasn't changed his evil ways. When Chapel joins the hunt for the outlaw, he knows his quest for vengeance is coming to a close--and that his prey will finally die by his bullet... .
The Rio Kid saves a young boy's life in this thrilling tale of the Wild West After three years in exile in Mexico, the Rio Kid slipped back into the United States, evading the clutches of a Texas Ranger, a crooked rancher, and a gang of desperadoes. Now he's ready to press on to Arizona to clear his name and find his fortune. There may be a $10,000 price on his head, but the Kid is unafraid--he has his gun, his horse, and his freedom. When a scream splits the black Texas night, the outlaw rides toward it. In a godforsaken cave, four men are beating a terrified young boy within an inch of his life. The Kid draws two .45s and steps into the line of fire. His homecoming can wait--justice comes first. Death on Treasure Trail is the 3rd book in the Rio Kid Adventures, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Cattle rancher Brad Storm once survived a rattlesnake bite and exacted vengeance on his enemies. Because of that, he's known as Sidewinder. In the employ of a detective agency, Brad represents law and order, but to outlaws, he's as lethal-and unforgiving-as his namesake.
Hell was bustin' loose in Texas! For months the range country had smoldered with hate. Ranches had been set afire, cows rustled, blood spilled. And no-one knew the identity of the night-raiding killers. No one knew because they had no faces...only grinning skull bones where human flesh should be. Into this fear-crazed land came Texas Ranger Jim Hatfield, ignoring the murderous warning that the Death Riders handed him. There was a moment of terrible calm while the forces of violence gathered. The like an erupting volcano, trouble exploded. Gun trouble-shooting trouble-killing trouble!
It was rough country . . . killer country. And Texas Ranger Jim Hatfield was the number one target! As Hatfield stared across the canyon a bullet whizzed by his head. Suddenly a tongue of flame wavered in front of him, and the growth ahead flared up into a raging wall of fire. Hatfield bent low in the saddle, His voice rang out. "Trail, Goldy! Trail!" With a scream of terror, the great sorrel plunged into the curtain of flame . . .
The Greatest Western Writers Of The 21st CenturyMountain Man Smoke Jensen's long-lost brother Luke Jensen is a dead shot scarred by war--the perfect formula for a bounty hunter. And he's cunning, and fierce enough to bring down the deadliest outlaws of his day. . .Law Of The GunLuke Jensen has earned this bounty, hunting down the violent man charged with murdering a preacher's daughter. The outlaw Judd Tyler confesses to many crimes, but not the girl's murder. And he tells Luke they won't reach the town of White Fork alive because a corrupt sheriff does the bidding of a cattle baron, and that man's son is the true killer. Sure enough, halfway to White Fork, Luke and his prisoner are battling for their lives, and when they finally reach town, they're greeted by a storm of bullets, betrayal, and blood. With a band of innocent travelers caught up in the melee, Luke is outgunned, surrounded, and sure of only this: his only job now is survival--by the measured, efficient, righteous killing of as many men as he can...
Clee Fahr has just arrived by stage in Denver City, Colorado. It is 1861 and the War Between the States has broken out back in the East. Torn apart by opposing military and political sympathies, the town is a tinderbox of treachery and suspicion. Eames Jeffords, an old enemy of Clee's from the South, is buying arms for the Confederate cause. Sam Massey, a mine owner, is raising a company of volunteers to march east and join the Union forces. Although he was born in the North, Clee has divided sympathies. But he's caught in the middle, and both sides see him as a threat--a threat that needs to be removed.
In a formerly peaceful western valley, a sheriff and his friends battle a corrupt land speculator Pat, Sam, and Ezra came to Powder Valley together, to tame the West and find a place to settle down. Soon, Pat is the sheriff, and Sam is married, but big, powerful Ezra, with his craggy face and missing eye, remains a loner. This state of affairs usually doesn't get Ezra down, but tonight the big man is too gloomy to eat peach pie. When Ezra can't eat peach pie, something is wrong--and Pat is certain it has to do with Eustis Harlow. After six months in Powder Valley, Harlow has established himself as the most powerful rancher in the area. Before he came, the locals were content with what they had. Now, half of them are in his debt, and the others have been consumed by greed. With the sheriff and his friends gearing up to quash Harlow's dominance, the rancher sends for an army's worth of gunmen. Powder Valley is about to explode.
On the road to easy living, Twister and Chuckaluck ride straight into a heapin' mess of mystery and intrigue Twister Malone and Chuckaluck Thompson can't catch a break. These two wisecracking friends--the first lean and clever, the second stout and tough--have ridden together from the Rocky Mountains to the deserts of West Texas. All they want is a trail to follow straight through to Mexico, where a ranching job offers honest work, peace, and quiet. But no matter how fast they ride, trouble keeps hot on their heels. A gunshot breaks the silence of the lonely wagon road. By the time Twister and Chuckaluck reach the corpse, the killer is long gone. In the victim's pocket they find a letter from a woman begging for help, a woman whose savior now lies dead in the alkali dust. Twister and Chuckaluck have no choice but to take up his mission--even if it means facing down the quickest draw they've ever been up against. Death Rides the Pecos is the 2nd book in the Twister and Chuckaluck Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
While trying to rescue a tenderfoot minister's young wife, kidnapped by a group of Lakota Sioux warriors, experienced Indian scout Scotty Horgan comes up against the opinionated, headstrong, and ambitious Lieutenant Harrison.
Sheriff Hickory Marks had a life-or-death task on his hands, or else the entire town of Yellowhorse would be wiped out by the cunning savage's bloody acts of vengeance.
Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 - October 23, 1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the American frontier, including the novel Riders of the Purple Sage, his bes selling book. This is one of his stories.
Skye Fargo gets caught in a Death Valley deathmatch when he finds the survivors of a massacre hiding out in a remote cabin. Problem is, the killers know there are witnesses still alive-and they can't let them stay that way.
Deputy Sheriff Walker Sutton had Shade Mallory as his prisoner, and was determined to bring the wily outlaw to justice. But Mallory's hardcase gang had other ideas. They thought they'd been double-crossed by their former leader, and were hellbent on killing him.
With a sultry spitfire at his side, Skye Fargo rides into sweltering Death Valley to help find her missing prospector father. But a gang of cold-blooded killers is waiting to welcome him with red-hot lead.
Saddle up for excitement with this riveting tale. When Lynn Taylor's kid brother, Lee, gets framed for stage robbery, cattle rustling and murder, the boy swears his innocence and instead accuses McCloud, head of the vigilante committee responsible for removing the town's former sheriff.To save Lee from hanging the following night, Lynn hatches a wild plan to rob the next stagecoach with the help of the ex-sheriff--hoping it will raise doubts about Lee's guilt if the crimes continue. But Lynn gets more than he bargained for when he's snared by McCloud's men, and the time to the hanging gallops rapidly his way. ALSO INCLUDES THE WESTERN STORIES "RIDE 'EM COWBOY" AND "THE BOSS OF THE LAZY B""Hubbard's trio has one thing in common--rough and tumble action with a twist, and all are a great read." --True West Magazine * An International Book Awards Winner
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