Emma Bull, Territory , historical fantasy which imagines the shoot-out at the OK Corral as a battle between occult forces. Cliff Burns, The Last Hunt , about an aging gunfighter who joins the hunt for a mountain lion terrorizing the Yellowstone National Park area in ; self-published. Terry W.
Burns, Mysterious Ways , about a white con man and his travels with a black ex-slave with more education than he pretends to have; Christian message; 1 in the Mysterious Ways series. Burns, Brother's Keeper , about a faithful Christian man searching for his outlaw twin brother in the Oklahoma territory; Christian message; 2 in the Mysterious Ways series. Burns, Shepherd's Son , about a young rancher who must switch from cattle to sheep after his father dies, arousing violent opposition from the neighboring cattlemen; Christian message; 3 in the Mysterious Ways series.
Katrina Carrasco, The Best Bad Things , about a woman working for a smuggling ring in Washington State who disguises herself as a man to track down and recover a batch of stolen opium. Walter van Tilburg Clark, The Ox-Bow Incident , a literary novel about the lynching of three innocent men by a mob bent on vigilante justice in Thomas Cobb, Shavetail , about a year-old Connecticut boy serving in the U. Army in Arizona Territory when an Apache attack leads them to take on a near-suicidal mission.
Victoria Dahl, The Wicked West , explicit historical romance about a submissive English widow and a Wyoming sheriff. Duane DeMello, The Denton Mare , about the Texas outlaw Sam Bass, from his horse racing exploits to his train robberies and the shoot-out in the town of Round Rock; self-published. Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers , a comic novel about two brothers hired in the s to go to San Francisco to kill a man. Pete Dexter, Deadwood , about an aging Wild Bill Hickok who finds he cannot lay down his guns because of a host of vicious characters eager to challenge him.
Thomas Eidson, St. Agnes' Stand , about a man on the run who saves a group of nuns from an Apache attack in the Old West; Spur Award winner. Loren D.
Estleman, The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion , about a man who arranges for one of the actors in his traveling theater troupe to rob the local bank while the others perform. Estleman, The Undertaker's Wife , about a retired undertaker and his wife at the turn of the twentieth century who recall their lives traveling about the West when he is asked to make a suicide's corpse look presentable; Spur Award winner.
Estleman, Black Powder, White Smoke , about two killers, one black and one white, whose paths converge in Denver. Estleman, The Hider , about the last buffalo hunter in the Old West. Estleman, Bloody Season , about the gunfight at the O. Estleman, Gun Man , about an Iowa farm boy who becomes a gunfighter in the West. Estleman, Mister St. John , about an aging hero who puts together a posse for one last manhunt. Estleman, The Wolfer , about two men hunting a wolf. Estleman, The High Rocks , about a lawman's quest to stop a scalphunter from terrorizing Montana Indians; 1 in the Page Murdock series.
Estleman, Stamping Ground , about a lawman's quest to capture a Cheyenne chief; 2 in the Page Murdock series. Estleman, Murdock's Law , about a lawman's quest to bring order to an Old West town; 3 in the Page Murdock series. Estleman, The Stranglers , about a lawman's quest to stop a band of outlaws who lynch peace officers; 4 in the Page Murdock series.
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Estleman, White Desert , about a lawman pursuing a gang of criminals into Canada; 6 in the Page Murdock series. Marshal who poses as a minister to stay alive while tracking down the members of a gang terrorizing the Texas panhandle The Book of Murdock and who goes to Cape Hell, Mexico, to find out the truth behind a report that a former Confederate is raising an army to revive the American Civil War Cape Hell ; 8 and 12 in the Page Murdock series, in a edition containing both novels.
Estleman, Wild Justice , about a Deputy U. Marshal who accompanies the body of a judge on his funeral train and reflects on what he has witnessed of the judge's thirty-year career; 13 in the Page Murdock series. Fitch, A Promising Man , about a man whose failing stagecoach business has a fateful encounter with a band of outlaws; self-published. Fitch, Revenge , about a former stagecoach operator whose new life as a rancher is threatened by men bent on revenge; sequel to A Promising Man ; self-published.
David Fuller, Sundance , a novel which imagines that Harry Longbaugh - the Sundance Kid - does not die in the shootout in Bolivia, but survives to serve time in a Wyoming prison, is released in into a greatly changed world, and goes to New York City in search of his wife, Etta Place.
Patricia Gaffney, Crooked Hearts , historical romance about two con artists, a woman posing as a nun and a man pretending to be blind, who decide to team up after meeting on a stagecoach. Brian Garfield, Manifest Destiny , about the young Theodore Roosevelt's efforts to operate a ranch in the Dakota badlands in the s. Molly Gloss, The Hearts of Horses , about a nineteen-year-old girl who goes to work on an Oregon ranch in Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage , about a Mormon-hating cowboy and a young Mormon woman who fall chastely in love when he helps her defend her ranch; perhaps the best-known of Zane Grey's numerous over 50 romanticized novels of the Old West.
Guthrie, Jr. Charles Hackenberry, Friends , about a sheriff and his deputy pursuing a killer across the Dakota Territory; Spur Award winner. Oakley Hall, Warlock , about a gunfighter whose efforts to restore order as a newly minted lawman in a fictional Old West town ultimately lead to greater violence. Dana Hand, Deep Creek , about a small-town judge in Idaho who investigates a massacre of Chinese miners along the Snake River and tries to bring the killers to justice. Ron Hansen, Desperadoes , about the last surviving member of the Dalton Gang who revives his memories of old times writing adventure stories for Hollywood.
Will Henry, I, Tom Horn , a psychological portrait of an Indian fighter and rodeo rider who was capable of both compassion and cold-blooded murder. William W. Johnstone with J. Johnstone, Butch Cassidy: The Lost Years , a novel which imagines what might have happened if Butch Cassidy had survived the shootout in Bolivia. Anna Keesey, Little Century , about an eighteen-year-old Chicago girl who migrates to Oregon as a homesteader after she is orphaned, and discovers herself in the middle of a range war.
Gerald Kolpan, Etta , a novel which imagines that Etta Place, the refined young woman who became the outlaw companion of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, began life as a banker's daughter in Philadelphia. Robert Knott, Robert B. Parker's "Cole and Hitch" series with a story about two U. Al and Joanna Lacy, Outlaw Marshal , about a federal marshal who persuades an outlaw to go straight and then tries to save him from hanging when a pair of train robbers frame him for murder; Christian message. Joe R.
Lansdale, Paradise Sky , about a former slave from post-Civil War Texas who must flee an irate white man, and his travels through the West. Melissa Lenhardt, Heresy , about two women who turn outlaw and form an all-female gang after they are run off their farm by a greedy cattleman. Richard Matheson, Journal of the Gun Years , a dark psychological study of a man was an outlaw and a lawman at various times; Spur Award winner.
Marshal's deputy and in , after envying his mentor's frontier experiences, is faced with a violent challenge. Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West , a literary novel about a teenaged boy who joins a group of Indian fighters who not-so-gradually evolve into a gang of murdering outlaws.
Review at Bookreporter. Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing , a dark literary novel about a boy who captures a wolf and crosses into Mexico with it during the s; 2 in the Border Trilogy. Michael McGarrity, Hard Country , about a Texas rancher who goes to the New Mexico Territory in search of his brother's killer in , where a job trailing cattle changes his life. Larry McMurtry, Telegraph Days , about a woman who takes over a telegraph office in a small town in the Oklahoma Territory and becomes involved with many of the legendary gunfighters of the Old West.
Mark Mitten, Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave , about cowmen in Colorado, a gang of thieves, and the posse that's after them. Kerry Newcomb, Rogue River , about a group of people trying to survive after a battle with the Cheyenne; 4 in the Texas Anthem series. Robert B. Parker, Appaloosa , about a pair of courageous gunslingers who trail a remorseless villain to the small Western town of Appaloosa; 1 in the Cole and Hitch series.
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Parker, Resolution , about a pair of gunslingers who relocate in a newly built copper-mining town as conflict looms between the miners and the local ranchers; 2 in the Cole and Hitch series. Parker, Brimstone , about a pair of gunslingers in search of the woman one of them once loved, who ran off with another man; 3 in the Cole and Hitch series. Parker, Blue-Eyed Devil , about a pair of gunslingers in trouble after a crooked new sheriff arrives and a showdown looms; 4 in the Cole and Hitch series see above for a continuation of the series by Robert Knott.
Conrad Richter, Sea of Grass , about conflicts between farmers and ranchers in late nineteenth century New Mexico. Review at the Rough Edges blog.
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Jack Schaefer, Shane , about a former gunslinger who stays with a family in a small Montana town. Lauraine Snelling, Valley of Dreams , about a young woman who works as a trick rider for her late father's Wild West show, which she discovers has been bankrupted by its manager; Christian message; 1 in the planned Wild West Wind series. Gary Svee, Sanctuary , about the conflicts that erupt when a traveling minister rides into a brutal Montana ranching town; Spur Award winner.
Miles Swarthout, The Last Shootist , a coming-of-age novel about an eighteen-year-old boy who thinks his killing of a famous gunfighter will bring him fame and glory; a sequel to The Shootist , the novel by Glendon Swarthout, the author's father. Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Englishman's Boy , about a Hollywood producer in the s who hires a screenwriter to find and tell the story of a bit player who is one of the last surviving Indian fighters; 1 in a trilogy. Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Last Crossing , about two Englishmen searching for their brother, who has gone missing in Indian country somewhere in Canada or the U.
Guy Vanderhaeghe, A Good Man , about a wealthy Canadian's son who tries to make it as a rancher in Montana, where he is not welcomed; 3 in a trilogy.
Irwin, who became a prominent rancher in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and was involved with such legendary Westerners as Buffalo Bill Cody, Will Rogers, painter Charlie Russell and outlaw Tom Horn; published both as a single volume and in two volumes. Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses , about a woman who grew up on a New Mexico ranch, becomes a schoolteacher in Arizona at fifteen, moves to Chicago for a time, and then returns to the ranching life in Arizona; based on the life of the author's grandmother.
Kaki Warner, Pieces of Sky , historical romance about a pregnant Englishwoman who travels to the American West to make a new life for herself and meets a New Mexico rancher with a violent past; 1 in the Blood Rose trilogy. Kaki Warner, Open Country , historical romance about a woman desperate to protect her sister's children who marries a man injured in a railroad disaster in order to claim the widow's settlement when he dies; 2 in the Blood Rose trilogy.
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