Russian Bill has been described as a man who wanted to be an outlaw in the worst way and that’s what he became after he arrived in Arizona in 1880. Tall and handsome, he dressed in fancy clothes, had elegant manners but he was more than a bad outlaw…he was a terrible outlaw.
In his historical novel The Legend of Russian Bill; Based on the Real-life Story of William R. Tettenborn (Five Star Publishing, $25.95), author Richard Lapidus takes us on an enjoyable and humorous journey back to those thrilling days of yesteryear, where we meet the famous and infamous, as he cleverly mixes fiction with fact. I don’t want to spoil the ending but I have to admit the fictional Russian Bill is more interesting.
—Marshall Trimble, author of Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen