Our Favorite Western Reads of 2012

OLD WEST FICTION READS

WITH BLOOD IN THEIR EYES
By Thomas Cobb (University of Arizona Press)

Cobb, the author of Shavetail and Crazy Heart, turns his talents to the telling of a violent event in Arizona in the early 20th century, and to the undercurrents that led to it.

 

KILL THE INDIAN: A KILLSTRAIGHT STORY
By Johnny D. Boggs (Five Star)

Boggs comes through again in what some have called the best of the Killstraight series. In this Old West detective tale, Killstraight heads for Texas, where he encounters Quanah Parker.

 

LITTLE CENTURY: A NOVEL
By Anna Keesey (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The New York Times puts it thus: “The little town of Century is trying to eke out a living in the high desert of eastern Oregon when 18-year-old Esther Chambers arrives in the fledgling outpost, an orphan in search of her only known relative.”

 

BLOOD STORM
Bill Brooks (Five Star)

Madam Liddy Winslow opens an escort service in Deadwood and, after the deaths of three of her girls, a detective story unfolds that brings her into contact with Doc Holliday and King Fisher.

 

THE LONER: INFERNO
By J.A. Johnstone (Pinnacle)

The loner, himself on a trail of vengeance, throws in with a pioneering party of settlers moving through Apache country.

 

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