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Hell’s Half Acre

Written by W.W. Johnstone

Those were the last words uttered by a dying man who was the boomtown's most recent sheriff. Rail-thin and half starved, desperate cowpuncher Jess Casey ignores the travel advice. Instead, Jess not only enters Fort Worth, he becomes the new sheriff, inheriting the body-riddled little slice of heaven called Hell's Half Acre, the wide-open, deadliest piece of real estate on the American frontier.
Hell's Half Acre is home to Kurt Koenig and his gang-run empire of booze, prostitution, and wholesale slaughter. For Koenig, the only good lawman is a dead one, and he puts a pretty price on Jess Casey's head. For Jess Casey, that means war. Against him are the frontier's fastest draw and a host of murderous triggers. On his side are decades of rock-hard Texas living, a couple of ne'er-do-well deputies, and the good sense to do all his talking behind the barrel of a fast-blazing gun...


Written by Melissa Lenhardt

Wrongfully accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Bennett is destined to hang... unless she can disappear.
With the untamed territory of Colorado as her most likely refuge, she packs her physician's kit and heads West. But even with a new life and name, a female doctor with a bounty on her head can hide for only so long.
Sawbones is the first novel in a gripping historical fiction series.
"Packs a big punch with grit and raw passion....A GRAND SLAM OUT OF THE PARK." -RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) 4.5 stars

Cherokee: A Justa Williams Western

Written by Giles Tippette

A Justa Williams Western. As boss of the Half-Moon ranch, the biggest along the Texas Gulf Coast, Justa Williams is a chip off the old man’s block. And when that dying old man asks for a favor, it’s Justa’s duty to honor it. Even if that means riding blind into the blood-soaked Cherokee battleground of Oklahoma Territory with $25,000 of company gold to settle a score with a man who may not even be alive.

North of Forsaken

Written by Matthew May

A Spur Award–winning Author A Roamer Western On the way to visit mountain man Maple Jack, Roamer makes a supply stop in Forsaken, Wyoming, and is recognized by a young man, a specter from his past. The greenhorn has valuable deed ― the kind people kill for. Roamer reluctantly agrees to escort him into the Bitterroot Mountains. But death is close at hand in the cold ranch valley north of Forsaken.

The Legend of Russian Bill: Based on the Real-Life Story of William R. Tettenborn

Written by Richard Lapidus

In 1880 an unusually tall and handsome man rides into Tombstone on a pure white horse. He has long yellow hair and mustache and is dressed in white buckskin clothes with fringes. He claims he was a nobleman in Russia and that his mother is royalty. He tells of hunts with Buffalo Bill, of meeting with President Grant and shaking hands with important generals like Sherman and Custer. He claims to have killed four men and shows the notches on his guns. He tells of his mission to find Curly Bill Brocius so he can join his band of outlaws. People listen to the wild stories because he buys them drinks. Privately they think he is a liar and a braggart.

Trouble Rides Tall/ Cross the Red Creek/ Desert Stake-Out

Written by Harry Whittington

In Trouble Rides Tall,  Marshal Bryant Shafter had done what the town bosses hired hime to do -- Cleared the gunslingers and prostitutes off the streets of Pony Wells. Now the bosses say Bry is no longer needed. In Cross the Red Creek,  Jim Gilmore is on the run from rumors that plague him. istaken for a bank robber in Kiowa, Wyoming, he decides to take a stand. And in Desert Stake-out, Blade Merrick finds himself torm between approaching Apaches, the desperation of three hardened men, and the most desirable woman he has ever met in his life. -- cover

Triple Play

Written by James Crownover

A Spur Award-Winning Author The over-consumption of bear sign gets Tucker Beavers and friends in cold water. Hot water is only avoided by Tucker and his friend Rance Brown by their escape from irate mothers to the Far Pasture where a mysterious cowhand named Pecos Pete and his dogs help them capture wild cows. A hurried cattle drive to the Mescalero Reservation averts an Apache uprising. Baseball, brush popping cows, burglaries, and a big earthquake all work together to keep Tucker moving as he tries to retrieve stolen cattle and avenge the murder of his father. He returns after an absence of two years to find his sweetheart married to his best friend and himself falsely accused of murder, which leads to a surprising conclusion of his story. --

Huck Out West

Written by Robert Coover

At the end of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, on the eve of the Civil War, Huck and Tom Sawyer decide to escape "sivilization" and "light out for the Territory." In Robert Coover's Huck Out West, also "wrote by Huck," the boys do just that, riding for the famous but short-lived Pony Express, then working as scouts for both sides in the war.

They are suddenly separated when Tom decides he'd rather own civilization than leave it, returning east with his new wife, Becky Thatcher, to learn the law from her father. Huck, abandoned and "dreadful lonely," hires himself out to "whosoever." He rides shotgun on coaches, wrangles horses on a Chisholm Trail cattle drive, joins a gang of bandits, guides wagon trains, gets dragged into U.S. Army massacres, suffers a series of romantic and barroom misadventures.

He is eventually drawn into a Lakota tribe by a young brave, Eeteh, an inventive teller of Coyote tales who "was having about the same kind of trouble with his tribe as I was having with mine." There is an army colonel who wants to hang Huck and destroy Eeteh's tribe, so they're both on the run, finding themselves ultimately in the Black Hills just ahead of the 1876 Gold Rush.

This period, from the middle of the Civil War to the centennial year of 1876, is probably the most formative era of the nation's history. In the West, it is a time of grand adventure, but also one of greed, religious insanity, mass slaughter, virulent hatreds, widespread poverty and ignorance, ruthless military and civilian leadership, huge disparities of wealth. Only Huck's sympathetic and gently comical voice can make it somehow bearable.

Texas John Slaughter

Written by W.W. Johnstone

Civil War soldier. Trail driver. Cattleman. Texas Ranger. The story of John Horton Slaughter is the story of the America West itself. Now bestselling authors William and J.A. Johnstone bring this legendary figure to life in the blazing saga of the first sheriff in U.S. history who could tame a town like Tombstone, Arizona.


It s been barely a decade since the notorious gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Rustlers and outlaws still terrorize the land, and the good citizens of Tombstone are at the end of their ropes. Enter Texas John Slaughter the new sheriff of Cochise County and the toughest lawman west of the Rio Grande. With a backbone of steel to match the iron law of his badge, Texas John is determined to bring peace to this parched desert hell even if it kills him. Which it just might. When word gets out about an untapped vein of silver in the Dragoon Mountains, every man in town heads for the hills. The streets of Tombstone are an easy target for raiders, looters and one gang of outlaws foolish enough to kidnap Slaughter s young, pretty wife.
Forget keeping the peace. This is war.

An Uncommon Protector

Written by Shelley Gray

The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.

Luke Jensen Bounty Hunter #5: Death Rides Alone

Written by William Johnstone

"In this brilliant series from national bestselling authors William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone, Luke Jensen, reported killed during the Civil War, comes back with a vengeance to forge his own legend in a violent, lawless land."
What started as a routine hunt and grab putting outlaw Thorp McCluskey on a train to Cheyenne and prison has just gone straight to hell for bounty hunter Luke Jensen. First came the beautiful prostitute who pointed her alluring attentions in Luke s direction. Then came a man who fought by Luke s side in the war but the war is over and friendships can turn deadly. Luke gets bushwacked, his prisoner is gone, and so is a fortune in gold.
Now Luke is riding back into the Wyoming wilderness to hunt down McCluskey and his woman to finish what he started. But he ll have to fight a solitary war, survive murderous betrayal, and face down his most bloodthirsty enemy of all "

Once a Marshal

Written by Peter Brandvold

The best of life seemed to be in the past for ex-lawman Ben Stillman. Then the past came looking for him...

Up on the Hi-Line, ranchers are being rustled out of their livelihoods... and their lives. The son of an old friend suspects that these rustlers have murdered his father, and the law is too crooked to get any straight answers. But can the worn-out old marshall live up to the legendary lawman the boy has grown to admire?

Shawn O’Brien: Better Off Dead

Written by William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone

From America's bestselling Western authors comes the frontier legend known as the Town Tamer: the man who appears when justice has fled.

On the West Texas border a behemoth bellows smoke, fire and death. The Abaddon Cannon Foundry’s weapons of war have made a few men in Big Buck, Texas, incredibly rich. Now, a Mexican-born teenager has disappeared into the fortress factory, where men work as slaves. But his sister happens to know a man named Shawn O’Brien . . .

Matt Jensen: The Last Mountain Man: The Great Train Massacre

Written by William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone

Reared by adventurer Smoke Jensen in the pristine Western wilderness, he has no home, no destination. Matt Jensen is William W. Johnstone's legendary creation--a man with survival and justice in his blood.
More Vicious Than The Hatfields And The Mccoys. . .
In the town of Thirty-Four Corners, Colorado, Matt Jensen rides into a savage blood feud. Thirty years ago two friends came West and built a thriving cattle business. Now, their families have become kill-crazy enemies and the town is awash in a frenzy of killing. Add in hired gunmen on both sides of the fight, and two lovers crossing the dividing line, and the terror will never end.
Eager to put as many miles between himself and Thirty Four Corners, Matt Jensen just can't bring himself to leave without trying to stop the bloodshed. But it's going to take a lot more bullets, just as many bodies, and the steely courage of an intrepid frontiersman to let this ravaged town live

Waning Moon: a Jared Delaney Western

Written by Jim Jones

The greed and audacity of the Santa Fe Ring seems to know no bounds. How many good people will die in the effort to turn the tide of their relentless land-grabbing? In another tense showdown, this time in a courtroom, Jared Delaney faces off against the arrogant and malicious Bill Chapman and his hired killer, Daughtry. Although the characters in this novel are fictitious, the events that take place are based on historical fact. There was a group known as the Santa Fe Ring in the New Mexico Territory during the time period from just after the Civil War until the late-1880s. The members of that informal group used their connections in Washington, D.C. as well as the legal framework of the Maxwell Land Grant to engage in what many consider the largest land speculation conspiracy in U.S. history.

Shawn O’Brien, Town Tamer

Written by William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone

A Man Who Tamed The West--One Town At A Time
Unlike his brothers Jacob, Sam and Patrick, Shawn O'Brien isn't content to settle down on the family ranch in New Mexico territory. With his razor-sharp eye, lightning-fast draw, and burning thirst for justice, Shawn is carving out a reputation of his own. As a town tamer he takes the most dangerous, lawless towns in the West and makes them safe for decent men, women, and children. When a stagecoach accident leaves Shawn stranded in Holy Rood, Utah, it doesn't take long to realize he's landed in one ornery circle of hell. Ruled by a cruel and cunning crook-turned-merciless dictator named Hank Cobb, Holy Rood is about as unholy a place as any on the frontier. Anyone who breaks Cobb's rules is severely punished. Anyone who defies Cobb's hooded henchmen dies by rope, stake, or guillotine.
But Shawn O'Brien isn't just anyone. He's the town tamer. And this time, "he's going to paint the town red. . .

Ralph Compton: The Law and the Lawless

Written by A Ralph Compton Novel by David Robbins

When a bunch of ruffians rob a bank in the sleepy town of Alpine, it’s only natural for the locals to be alarmed. But this gang and its leader, Cestus Calloway, are not common criminals. In fact, Cestus is known as the Robin Hood of the Rockies, distributing his loot to those less fortunate, raining stolen money down on the townsfolk. As if that weren’t too good to be true, this gang holds to one important rule: steal but don’t kill…

All Alpine’s Marshal, Boyd Cooper, wants is a nice retirement, not to get a posse together to track outlaws. However, when an altercation leads to the exchange of gunfire and the spilling of outlaw blood, he doesn’t have much of a choice. The outlaws fear their reputation might be at stake, so they declare revenge on the tin stars of Alpine. They’re mad enough to break their own no kill rule, and Boyd Cooper knows things could end as bloody as they started…

An Uneasy Alliance

Written by JD March

For fans of the popular TV series, Hell on Wheels, starring Anson Mount Gunfighter Johnny Fierro is trying to settle into a new life as a rancher in the Cimarron Valley in New Mexico, but his past just won't let go. Whether it's gunfighters looking to settle old scores, or bushwhackers who'd like to put a bullet in his back, there's always someone out to get him.The neighbors -- and maybe his father too -- want him gone or dead, until lawless drifters bring trouble to Cimarron. Then the neighbors want to hire Fierro. When the drifters attack a woman in town, Johnny knows he's the only one who can stop them -- but at what cost?


Ralph Compton Straight to the Noose

Written by Marcus Galloway

Mississippi charmer Abner Mason is a professional gambler and a regular on the Delta Jack, a luxurious riverboat. But luck hasn’t exactly been going Mason’s way. After a disastrous loss at the tables, he owes an impossible debt to the most powerful man on the ship: mysterious, ruthless Cam Greeley. And Greeley’s willing to do whatever it takes to get his fortune back—even threaten Mason’s life.
Now Mason has a single night to raise all the funds to pay off his debt by completing whatever ominous jobs Greeley has waiting for him. He just has to make it through alive...

Shotgun Charlie

Written by Ralph Compton by Matthew Mayo

Big for his age, young and impressionable drifter Charlie Chilton is taken in by the gruff leader of a gang of small-time crooks and ne'er do wells who sees something of himself in kindly, wayward Charlie. But Grady Haskell, ambitious ruffian with a shady past, soon joins the gang, convincing Charlie's friends to pursue a big score. Charlie fails to thwart the crime and the heist turns bloody. As the only gang member caught alive, Big Charlie will soon swing for the crimes.

He makes a daring escape, determined to track down Haskell and the gang and prove his innocence. Hot on Charlie's heels, a mysterious marshal and a posse of angry townsmen track him into the High Sierras, far to the north. Weaponless and with a vicious winter storm closing in, Big Charlie must find the killers and thieves before the seething posse turns vigilante and hangs him high.

The Kerrigans: a Texax Dynasty

Written by William Johnstone

In a sprawling new saga that embodies the pioneer spirit, the masters of the Western introduce the Kerrigans, a rough-and-tumble clan of pioneers making their own way across darkest America led by a woman as ferocious as the Texas sun.

Colorado Moon

Written by Jim Jones

Three years have passed since Jared Delaney faced down the vicious Morgan O'Bannon under the light of the rustler's moon, thwarting the corrupt Santa Fe Ring. He has married Eleanor, the love of his life, and manages the Kilpatrick ranch north of Cimarron. Embarking on a cattle drive to Colorado to secure the future of the ranch, he faces monumental challenges...stampedes, rustlers, blizzards and threatening Indians. While Jared is gone, Sheriff Nathan Averill discovers another sinister plot by the Santa Fe Ring as they send three homicidal killers to Cimarron. They threaten Eleanor Delaney and Lizbeth Kilpatrick, trying to wrest control of the ranch from them. Expecting to find helpless victims, the gunmen are in for the surprise of their lives as the women fight back with weapons and wiles. Jared races back from Colorado to lend a hand as the conflict comes to a head in a hail of bullets.

Once More into the Breech

Written by Peter Brandvold

When Doctor Clyde Evans is kidnapped from his home in the middle of the night to tend a wounded outlaw, Sheriff Ben Stillman's problems are only just beginning. Stillman tracks the doctor to a remote cabin deep in the Two Bear Mountains. He springs the doctor, shoots the outlaws, and confiscates the bank loot. He also arrests a beautiful young outlaw, Hettie Styles, who promptly puts a bounty on Stillman's head.

Compounding his problems, his old foe Jacob Henry Battles rides into town with a steel hook replacing the arm Stillman shot off years ago before sending Battles to prison. Dying from consumption, Battles was recently let out of Deer Lodge Pen. He says he's in town merely to settle down, but after a shot is fired into Stillman's house in the middle of the night, the sheriff thinks Battles is out for revenge.

Dance With the Devil

Written by JD March

Johnny Fierro's a gunfighter, maybe the best. He's hunted trouble and a reputation all his life. But the killings and the range wars have worn him out and brought him to a point where he would welcome death - until he hears that his estranged and hated father faces a battle to hold onto his land in the Cimarron Valley. Fierro has sworn to kill his father and this is too good an opportunity to miss. What he hasn't bargained for is a share of the ranch, or a brother he never knew existed. While his upright, authoritarian father and Harvard-educated brother struggle to come to terms with his violent past and vicious reputation, Fierro wrestles with the unwelcome realization that his mother didn't tell him the whole story about the past. He doesn't know what to believe, but he has to make a choice when the bullets start flying.

The Great West Detective Agency

Written by Jackson Lowry

On the run from some sore poker losers, Lucas Stanton ducks into the office of the Great West Detective Agency ? followed by Amanda Baldridge, who wants him to find her Russian wolfhound puppy, snatched from her well-to-do Denver neighborhoods. Unwilling to pass up the up-front cash, Lucas agrees to find the purloined pooch. But his easy earnings become a risky proposition when he winds up in the crosshairs of wealthy and powerful Jubal Dunbar.

The Evil Men Do

Written by A Ralph Compton Novel by David Robbins

An all new Western in the USA Today bestselling series


If things are quiet in the little town of Sweetwater, Marshal Fred Hitch sees no reason to make waves. But when Tyree Johnson shows up, Fred’s relaxed nature is put to the test. At fifteen years old, Tyree is a tough-as-nails bounty hunter with no patience for anyone calling him “boy.” He’s come to apprehend a killer who escaped from Cheyenne and has been hiding in plain sight in Sweetwater.

To save face and his town’s good name, Fred must ride with Tyree and his prisoner all the way to Cheyenne. The unlikely pair has a rough trail ahead of them, and as tough as Tyree is, he has some lessons to learn about the evil men do—and how to survive it.

Escape From Hangtown : A Lucas Fume Western

Written by Larry D. Sweazy

In this Lucas Fume Western from the Spur Award-winning author of Vengeance at Sundown, no man is truly free until he puts his past—and his enemies—to rest.
Lucas Fume has been exonerated of the murder charge that put him in prison seven years ago. But he isn’t free yet. Not while his friend, former slave Zeke Henry, remains a fugitive wrongly accused of assaulting Senator Barlow’s daughter, Celia. Lucas wouldn’t have his freedom or wealth—let alone his life—if it weren’t for Zeke. And he knows that the only way to clear his friend’s name is to prove the identity of Celia’s true attacker: Senator Barlow himself.
Now Lucas has a plan to take on the powerful Senator—and his son John, aka Lanford Grips—once and for all.  The only question is whether it will lead to freedom or the end of a noose.

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