Nowhere was the Civil War fought more bitterly with its guerrilla raids and counter raids than in the turbulent Ozarks region. Yet war’s end brought little peace as death refused to ride away. As early as mid-1865 James B. Hickok shot down a fellow gambler in Springfield, Missouri, for winning his watch and wearing it about. Then such senseless gunfights echoed throughout the Ozarks for a bloody century, including Bonnie and Clyde’s murderistic mayhem and featuring other notable characters such as Bill Doolin, the “Bloody Bender” family, Cora Hubbard and Emma Malloy. Larry Wood’s 25 bizarre episodes make this a hard-to-put-down book.