Tough Towns Robert Barr Smith, Globe Pequot, $12.95, Softcover; 888-249-7586.

toughtownsWith a direct and amusing style sure to please today’s readers, author Smith regales us with well-researched episodes of Western justice delivered by ordinary citizens. Those were the days when people weren’t afraid of guns and used them on behalf of the law.

From the final Dalton brothers’ debacle to the roasting of Pretty Boy Floyd, this book bears witness to a willing public that comes a-runnin’ when the bank is being robbed. Heroes galore jump off the pages of these chapters, some whose names should be memorialized with more press than some of the notable badge-toters have had. This is truly a book worth more than its price. —Chuck Lewis

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