As an attempt to raise Tom Logan to the level of Wyatt Earp and other legendary Old West lawmen, this book falls short, as there is little to elevate Logan above the typical county sheriff. But Jackie Boor’s Logan: The Honorable Life and Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman does offer a wide-ranging history of Tonopah and Nye County, Nevada, around the turn of the 20th century.
Chronicled are lawmen, outlaws, lawyers, bartenders, businessmen, pianists, prostitutes, politicians and others. While there is much of interest here, there is too much—some of it only marginally relevant. From poetry to photos to lengthy newspaper excerpts, it seems the author couldn’t help but include everything turned up by extensive research.
—Rod Miller author of Rawhide Robinson Rides the Range