Alias Soapy Smith Jeff Smith (Klondike Research, $26)

Alias Soapy Smith by Jeff Smith is a massive biography of a notorious outlaw of Denver, Colorado, and Skagway, Alaska. The author’s zeal is explicable; Jefferson “Soapy” Smith was his great-grandpa. But Soapy was a pretty small-caliber outlaw compared to, say, Billy the Kid; much more of a gambler-turned-con man than a murderous thug. His grandson does not whitewash him in this well-rounded character study.

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