Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Historical Fiction of the American West


 According to Stuart Rosebrook of "True West Magazine", "the definition of the Old West is changing and moving further and further into the 20th century.  The three genres that are growing every year in westerns are mystery, romance, and frontier, all of which are pushing their heroes and heroines well into the 21st century."

Explore some of these intriguing historical novels:

Cattle Kate by Jana Bommersbach

She was the only woman ever lynched as a rustler. History called it "justice". But it was all a lie. Her real name was Ella Watson.  She was murdered by her neighbors for her land and water rights. Now, on the 125th anniversary of her death, hear the true story. 

Wild Ran the Rivers by James D. Crownover

This is a story of pioneers, pirates and ponies, floods, earthquakes, a mysterious wilderness settlement and how the second generation of a Cherokee family found a home on the Little Red River.

Ragtime Cowboys by Loren D. Estleman

In prohibition-era Southern California, detectives Siringo and Hammett must solve a mystery involving a ruthless politician. An exciting tale in which the Old West and Hollywood collide.

The Bully of Order by Brian Hart

A novel of fate and redemption set in the Washington frontier during the lawless logging days of the late 19th century. 


Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale
An ex-slave on the run becomes a Buffalo Soldier, U.S. Marshall, sharpshooter and friend to Wild Bill Hickok.

Backlands by Michael McGarrity

The second installment of the authentic American West trilogy set in the raw, untrammeled New Mexico back-lands during the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and World War II. Started with Hard Country



The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry
A story of the closing of the American frontier told by Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

The Bridge by Robert B. Parker

Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are back in Appaloosa, where their work enforcing the law has been exceptionally quiet. All that is about to change. An ominous storm rolls in, and along with it a band of night riders who show up  where a three-hundred-foot bridge is under construction. As clouds over Appaloosa continue to gather, things get much worse for Cole and Hitch... 

Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell

The continuing story of the OK Corral that began in her novel Doc, Epitaph gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal thirty seconds in Tombstone.

The Last Shootist by Miles Swarthout

The sequel to the classic western The Shootist by the son of the original author.

The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

Young Catherine Wainwright flees Dayton, Ohio, in the wake of a terrible scandal. Facing destitution, she agrees to marry a recent widower and travels to Galveston Island, Texas. She is ill prepared for the life that awaits her and when the worst storm in a generation descends, she will find herself tested as never before.
  
The Poacher's Daughter by Michael Zimmer
Vigilantes hang Rose Edward's husband and burn down their cabin. Without a home or source of income, Rose feels lost until she joins a band of horse thieves. Running from the law, returning to ranching, and seeking revenge against her enemies, Rose quickly gains a reputation and becomes known as the notorious Rose of Yellowstone.







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