New Arrivals · Western Fiction

May 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dragon teeth : a novel

May 24, 2017
Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008, author.
295 pages : map ; 24 cm
Map on endpapers.
The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, so he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. The struggle to protect this extraordinary treasure tests William's newfound resilience, and pits him against some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters.

Peace in the valley : a novel

May 19, 2017
Herne, Ruth Logan, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : Multnomah, 2017.
341 pages ; 18 cm.
"In spite of past differences, Trey Walker Stafford would never forget how his uncle, a cowboy and rancher, adopted him and made him part of the family. He'd left the Double S Ranch to pursue music against Sam's wishes and returns discouraged about life and love after tragically losing his wife. Trey feels that he's living a lie, singing of love and happily-ever-afters while dealing with an emptiness within. Will sacrificing part of himself to help Sam fill the void? Or could it come from befriending the single mother who needs help with her farm? Can Trey find the "Peace in the Valley" he's sought for so long?"-- Provided by publisher.

Hunkpapa Sioux : a novel

May 9, 2017
DuMont, Richard L., author.
Livonia, Michigan : Gelan, an imprint of BHC Press, 2016.
184 pages ; 22 cm
"Set in the 1870s, this novel tells the story of John Holcumb, a sixteen year old who is half-white and half-Sioux. John feels out of place in Chicago, where he has lived ever since his father, Waukesha, died by the hands of white men. John decides to reconnect with his Native American relatives and his heritage. On his way, John will meet a rugged mountain man and together travel across the Great Plains in an adventure that will help John find his meaning and destiny." --Back cover.

Hell's half acre : Cold-blooded

May 4, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
362 pages ; 17 cm
"Sheriff Jess Carey and his oddball band of sidekicks have pulled off the impossible, taming Hell's Half Acre, the most lawless town in Texas, infamous for murder, mayhem, prostitution, and every random act of bloodshed imaginable. Now the no-good politicians in Austin have decided it's cheaper to dump hordes of criminals on Jess Carey's town than hanging 'em. In one dreadful week it seems as if the gates of Hell have burst open. Freed outlaws, gunslingers, bandits, rapists, desperados, drifters, and miscreants are roaming Hell's Half Acre--and Jess and his deputies are running out of bullets fast. As the fighting rages, some ruthless, powerful men see their chance to kill Sheriff Jess Carey and take the town for their own..." --Back cover.

The heart of a Texas cowboy

May 3, 2017
Broday, Linda, author.
374 pages ; 17 cm.
One bullet is all it takes to shatter Houston Legend's world. He swore he'd never love again, but with the future of the Lone Star Ranch on the line, he finds himself at the altar promising to love and cherish a woman he's never met-a woman whose vulnerable beauty touches his heart.

Twelve dead men

May 1, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
vi, 359 pages ; 17 cm.


April 14, 2017
Lenhardt, Melissa, author.
New York : Redhook Books/Orbit, 2017.
421 pages ; 21 cm.
"When Dr. Catherine Bennett is wrongfully accused of murder, she knows her fate likely lies with a noose unless she can disappear. Fleeing with a bounty on her head, she escapes with her maid to the uncharted territories of Colorado to build a new life with a new name. Although the story of the murderess in New York is common gossip, Catherine's false identity serves her well as she fills in as a temporary army doctor. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long"-- Provided by publisher.

Million dollar cowboy

April 5, 2017
Wilde, Lori, author.
421 pages ; 17 cm.
The embittered illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, having achieved his goal of becoming more successful than his father, falls in love with the daughter of his father's foreman during a strained family wedding.

Day of reckoning

April 5, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
395 pages ; 17 cm.
"A Duff MacCallister western"--Cover.
Duff and two unlikely companions search for the killers of a neighbor and his wife.

River of blood

April 4, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
312 pages ; 17 cm.
Breck Wallace was turning into a true mountain man on the American frontier. As a teenager in Tennessee he killed in self-defense, then left behind a woman he loved. With a gun and trap lines he is learning how to survive in the Rockies, braving the punishing elements, ruthless outlaws, and forging an uneasy peace with the Indians. But as dangerous as life is, nothing is worse than a powerful man with a murderous grudge. Breckenridge has left two such men in his past - and they both send cold-blooded killers for hire after him. Now the young frontiersman must fight a whole new kind of enemy - armed with his courage, strength, and raw skills with knife and gun.

The Frontiersman

March 9, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
364 pages ; 17 cm.
Seventeen-year-old Breckinridge Wallace is a pioneer whose fearless instincts have finally landed him in trouble with an Indian enemy. Now, from the bustling streets of St. Louis to the vast stillness of the Missouri headwaters, Breck is discovering a new world of splendor, violence, promise and betrayal on his way to the new frontier. Most of all, he is clawing his way to manhood behind the law of the gun.

Monahan's massacre

March 9, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
395 pages ; 17 cm.
"The accidental gunslinger Dooley Monahan has quit wandering and settled down to a farmer's life. But when the itch for adventure gets too strong, he packs up and rides west. Along with his horse General Grant, and Blue, a dog who's too smart for his own good, Dooley rides for the Black Hills to strike it rich in the gold fields of Colorado. But fate has other ideas. When the trigger-happy Dobbs-Queeg gang holds up the Omaha bank, Dooley is mistaken for one of the robbers, and a price is plastered on his head. With every lawman in the territory hot on his trail, Dooley has no choice but to join up with the murderous outlaws. If the hangman doesn't get him, his new friends will, but Dooley won't turn back. With Blue and General Grant at his side, Dooley will make his fortune--come hell, high water, and everything in between" -- provided by publisher.

Robert B. Parker's Revelation

February 15, 2017
Knott, Robert, 1954- author.
324 pages ; 24 cm
Based on characters created by Robert B. Parker.
"Territorial marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch figured things had finally settled down in Appaloosa when Boston Bill Black's murder charge was dropped. But all that changed when Augustus Noble Driggs was transferred to a stateside penitentiary just across the border from Mexico. Square-jawed, handsome, and built like a muscled thoroughbred stallion, Driggs manages to intimidate everyone inside the prison walls, including the upstart young warden. In a haunting twist of fate, Driggs and a pack of cold-blooded convicts are suddenly on the loose--and it's up to any and all territorial lawmen, including Cole and Hitch, to capture the fugitives and rescue the woman kidnapped during their escape. But nothing is ever quite what it seems with the ever-elusive Driggs."--Provided by publisher.

Texas redemption

February 8, 2017
Broday, Linda. author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2017.
436 pages ; 17 cm.
When Laurel James agrees to marry the town mayor, she thinks she will finally get the respectability she craves. A comfortable life with a well-to-do man is the perfect plan...until Shenandoah comes along.

Hell's Half Acre

February 7, 2017
Johnstone, William W.
348 pages ; 17 cm
A new sheriff takes on the area of Hell's Half Acre, a gang run empire.

Seven days to hell

February 7, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
428 pages ; 17 cm.
After lawman Sam Heller saves his life, Young Bill begs Heller to save one more. Cullen Baker, the original quick-draw artist, who is forced to fight a life-and-death battle with a corrupt robber baron for control of the Torrent River.

Valley of bones

February 7, 2017
Richards, Dusty.
[New York, New York] : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
412 p. ; 17 cm.
"Pinnacle books."
As the electric cables are laid for a new telegraph system that will connect the settlers of the Arizona Territory to the rest of the country, rancher Chet Byrnes squares off with a gang of hired henchmen who would kill to sabotage the project, all while he deals with cutthroat rustlers on the Mexican border.

World, chase me down : a novel

February 2, 2017
Hilleman, Andrew, 1982- author.
332 pages ; 20 cm
"A rousing, suspenseful debut novel--True Grit meets Catch Me If You Can--based on the forgotten true story of a Robin Hood of the American frontier who pulls off the first successful kidnapping for ransom in U.S. history. Once the most wanted man in America, Pat Crowe is a forgotten folk hero who captivated the nation as an outlaw for economic justice. World, Chase Me Down resurrects him, telling the electrifying story of the first great crime of the last century: how in 1900 the out-of-work former butcher kidnapped the teenage son of Omaha's wealthiest meatpacking tycoon for a ransom of $25,000 in gold, and then burgled, safe-cracked, and bond-jumped his way across the country and beyond, inciting a manhunt that was dubbed "the thrill of the nation" and a showdown in the court of public opinion between the haves and have-nots--all the while plotting a return to the woman he never stopped loving. As if channeling Mark Twain and Charles Portis, Andrew Hilleman has given us a character who is bawdy and soulful, grizzled, salty, and hard-drinking, and with a voice as unforgettable as that of Lucy Marsden in Alan Gurganus's Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All--an anti-hero you can't help rooting for"-- Provided by publisher.

Silver City

February 1, 2017
Guinn, Jeff, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
xviii, 376 pages ; 24 cm
"Cash McLendon faces stone-cold enforcer Killer Boots in an Old West showdown, in New York Times-bestselling author Jeff Guinn's riveting follow-up to Buffalo Trail. Cash McLendon, reluctant hero of the epic Indian battle at Adobe Walls, has journeyed to Mountain View in the Arizona Territory with one goal: to convince Gabrielle Tirrito that he's a changed man and win her back from schoolteacher Joe Saint. As they're about to depart by stage for their new life in San Francisco, Gabrielle is kidnapped by enforcer Killer Boots, who is working on orders from crooked St. Louis businessman Rupert Douglass. Cash, once married to Douglass's troubled daughter, fled the city when she died of accidental overdose--and Douglass vowed he'd track Cash down and make him pay. Now McLendon, accompanied by Joe Saint and Major Mulkins, hits the trail in pursuit of Gabrielle and Killer Boots, hoping to make a trade before it's too late"-- Provided by publisher.

The cold eye

January 23, 2017
Gilman, Laura Anne, author.
334 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Isobel is riding circuit through the territory known as the Devil's Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious that is threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory. Isobel is the left hand of the old man of the Territory, the Boss--better known as the Devil. Along with her mentor, Gabriel, she is traveling circuit through Flood to represent the power of the Devil and uphold the agreement he made with the people to protect them. Here in the Territory, magic exists--sometimes wild and perilous. "--Provided by publisher.

Preacher's hellstorm

January 20, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
vi, 376 pages ; 18 cm.
"Long ago, the legendary trapper known as Preacher took shelter with the Absaroka, and fell in love with a girl called Bird in the Tree. Twenty years later, he rescues a woman and her son from an ambush by the hated Blackfoot. The woman is Birdie, and the valiant young warrior is Hawk That Soars--Preacher's son. Now the greatest fighter on the frontier is about to go to war, to protect a family he never knew he had. Led by the vicious war chief Tall Bull, the Blackfoot are trying to wipe out the Absaroka. Hopelessly outnumbered by vicious warriors, Preacher and his son launch a war that will stain the Rocky Mountain snow with Blackfoot blood." -- Back cover.

Texas John Slaughter

January 20, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
328 pages ; 17 cm
"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."-- Publisher's description.


December 15, 2016
Ryan, R. C., 1937- author.
New York : Forever, 2016.
350 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt for Reed (pages 317-336) and a Cowboy's Christmas Eve (pages 339-350).
Wild. Reckless. Stubborn. That's Luke Malloy in a nutshell. The solitary life of a rancher and the untamed Montana wilderness make him feel alive-and nothing will ever change that. Not even being thrown from his horse and forced to accept a stranger's help. The fact that this stranger is a beautiful blonde with a passion for ranching that rivals his own doesn't hurt. But there's a secret she's hiding, and Luke won't rest until he uncovers it... Ingrid Larsen doesn't need anyone's help. Not with managing her family's ranch. Not with raising her little sister. And certainly not with the mysterious incidents occurring on her property. When this too-sexy-for-his-own-good cowboy needs a place to recover, she hopes he'll be in and out in no time flat. But just as she's beginning to trust Luke's promise of protection, Ingrid's secret threatens to tear them apart.

Brutal night of the mountain man

December 15, 2016
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
vi, 377 pages ; 17 cm.
"Pinnacle western"--Spine.
After a man guns down a greedy, overbearing rancher in self-defense, Smoke Jensen and his posse come to his defense when the rancher's goons aim to string him up.

Back in the saddle : a novel

December 5, 2016
Herne, Ruth Logan, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : Multnomah Books, 2016.
309 pages ; 21 cm.
"Here comes a captivating western romance and family-centered drama with a heart of gold, featuring plenty of cowboys and family drama, from prolific author and networker Ruth Logan Herne"-- Provided by publisher.

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