New Arrivals · Western Fiction

April 25, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The chuckwagon trail

April 24, 2018
Johnstone, William W, author.
©2017
379 pages ; 18 cm
Framed for murder, Dewey "Mac" McKenzie flees New Orleans to become a chuck-wagon cook on a cattle drive and learns that the drive's trail boss plans to double-cross the herd's owner and steal the money the herd brings in.

Ride the savage land

April 23, 2018
Johnstone, William W, author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
vi, 378 pages ; 18 cm.
When they agree to escort five mail order brides to San Angelo, Texas, Ace and Chance Jensen must defend the ladies against a defrauded outlaw, a crazy ex-husband, Comanche kidnappers, and a clan of woman-hungry backwoodsmen.

A dying note

April 17, 2018
Parker, Ann, 1952- author.
©2018
366 pages ; 23 cm
Saloon owner Inez Stannert has relocated to the former boomtown, San Francisco, where she invests in a music store. The body of a young musician washes up in the filthy Mission Creek canal, and Inez finds herself involved in the investigation.

Devils unto dust

April 11, 2018
Berquist, Emma, author.
©2018
488 pages ; 22 cm
"The desert claims everything in the end"--Dust jacket.
"This tense, heart-pounding alternate history about a young woman fighting to survive the unthinkable will keep fans of 'Westworld' and 'The Walking Dead' reading late into the night. A horrifying sickness has spread across the West Texas desert. Infected people-- shakes-- attack the living, and the surviving towns are only as safe as their perimeter walls are strong. The state is all but quarantined from the rest of the country. Glory, Texas, is a near ghost town. Still, seventeen-year-old Willie has managed to keep her siblings safe, even after the sickness took their mother. But then her good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most merciless shake hunters in town, and Willie is left on the hook for his debt. With two young hunters as guides, Willie sets out across the desert to find her father. And the desert holds more dangers than just shakes."--Amazon.com.

Sharpshooter

March 30, 2018
Richards, Dusty, author.
©2018
411 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt from The O'Malleys of Texas.
"In the brutal, unforgiving wastes of the Arizona desert, Chet Byrnes built a cattle ranching empire with his bare hands, steel will, and a fast draw. As the U.S. marshal, he risks his life to bring law to a lawless land. When a new railroad route is planned to pass through Navajo territory, Chet fights to get the Indians a contract to supply the locomotives with coal. But the corrupt politicians in Tucson and D.C. have other ideas. The coal contract means millions, and the ruthless Tucson Ring will do anything to get it--even if it means killing a U.S. marshal. Battling bandits, the railroad, and a corrupt gang of millionaires, Chet won't back down until the desert is painted red with blood." -- Page [4] cover.

Pitchfork Pass

March 29, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
348 pages ; 17 cm.
When a bloodthirsty band of raiders, led by an insane gunslinger called The Old Man of the Mountain, attack his friend, kill a kindly miner, and kidnap the miner's daughter, Flintlock embarks on a vengeance-fueled rescue mission.

Preacher, the legendary mountain man : how it all began

March 27, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
560 pages ; 18 cm
Contains the first and the eighth books in the "First Mountain Man" series by William W. Johnstone.
First mountain man -- First mountain man : preacher.
"In 1812, a boy filled with wanderlust and courage runs away from home, westward, into a vast, dangerous land. Along the way he learns the rule of the frontier: do whatever it takes to survive. By the time the boy—now a young man—is hired to lead a wagon train through the last leg of the Oregon Trail, he has acquired a nickname known throughout the West: Preacher. Armed with a long gun, he is as fierce as the land itself. For the brave pioneers who are counting on this mountain man to lead them to a Northwest paradise, the Preacher’s cunning and fighting skills will mean the difference between life and death. But even Preacher can’t see all the dangers ahead, or how his legend as a frontiersman will lead him into the most violent fight of all ..."--Back cover.

The stalking death

March 27, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
362 pages ; 18 cm
Duff battles a big time rancher trying to edge out former cowboys setting up their own holdings.

The legend of Perley Gates

March 21, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
361 pages ; 18 cm
He's the son of a cattle rancher. A restless young dreamer who, under normal circumstances, would follow in his father's footsteps. Normal, however, is not his style. Like his famous grandfather and namesake Perley Gates--a hell-raising mountain man with a heavenly name--young Perley wants adventure, excitement, and freedom. And like his grandfather before him, he will find his dream--in the untamed wilds of a lawless frontier. That dream though might just become a nightmare. After his father's death, Perley strikes out on his own. His first order of business is to track down the grandfather whose name he shares. When he crosses into Oklahoma Territory, young Perley discovers that the trail is full of dead ends--and near-death encounters. Hostile Indians, wanted outlaws, and bloodthirsty killers are just a few of the dangers waiting for him. And the closer he gets to finding the original Perley Gates, the closer he comes to meeting his Maker at the fabled gates they're named for.

Knights odyssey : the return of Henry Fountain

March 12, 2018
Farmer, W. Michael, 1944- author.
©2018
397 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
"Pancho Villa befriends Henry Fountain, a bandit betrays him, Apache Kid challenges him, and a wealthy hacendado, and Apache Elias try to kill him. Riveting historical fiction that reveals the hidden world of the Sierra Madre Apaches. Knight's Odyssey is a revenant story of survival, courage, love, and debts paid and forgiven"-- Provided by publisher.

The rancher

March 6, 2018
Schmidt, Anna, 1943- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2018].
340 pages ; 18 cm
"Last chance cowboys"--T.p.
The world is changing, and the West isn't as wild as it used to be. Trey Porterfield welcomes a new era of law and order--and the influx of settlers coming to the Arizona territory. But not everyone is willing to see the old ways change, and as the cattlemen and the herders take sides, a full-blown range war may be inevitable. There's only one way Trey can see to bring peace to his feuding neighbors. Marry the enemy. Nell Stokes is a young widow fighting just to stay alive. In Trey, she sees a chance to heal old wounds and start over. Love was never in the cards, yet as Trey and Nell fight to unite the feuding land, they'll discover a passion neither could have expected...and a danger far greater than either has ever known.

Yipee's gold mountain

February 22, 2018
Rivera, Raquel, 1966- author.
©2017
224 pages ; 19 cm
"Wild West adventure of friendship, inter-cultural diversity, gender, and coming-of-age issues set in the American frontier, 1800s, between a young Chinese railway worker and Apache warrior-apprentice who face down challenges, cultural crisis, wild animals, fortune seekers, prejudice and their own fears."--Provided by publisher.

The which way tree

February 9, 2018
Crook, Elizabeth, 1959- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2018]
279 pages ; 25 cm
Early one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, a panther savagely attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling a young girl named Samantha and killing her mother, whose final act is to save her daughter's life. Samantha and her half brother, Benjamin, survive, but she is left traumatized, her face horribly scarred. The Which Way Tree is the story of Samantha's unshakeable resolve to stalk and kill the infamous panther, rumored across the Rio Grande to be a demon, and avenge her mother's death. In their quest she and Benjamin, now orphaned, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, compassionate preacher with an aging but relentless tracking dog. As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier.

The bloody spur

February 7, 2018
Spillane, Mickey, 1918-2006, author.
©2018
xiii, 226 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The big showdown.
John Wayne and Mickey Spillane: a friendship / Max Allan Collins -- The bloody spur.
The Santa Fe Railroad wants to build a spur through Trinidad, New Mexico, linking the town to the cattle trade. Only one man stands against it - rancher George Cullen. At the request of the town council, Sheriff Caleb York rides out to the Bar-O to reason with his old friend. With murder in the wind, the whole town's in danger. To bring a killer to justice, and protect the woman he loves, Caleb York must strap down his Colt .44, enter the big game, and bet his life on the turn of a card - and the speed of his draw.

The cowboy who came calling

February 6, 2018
Broday, Linda, author.
©2003
312 pages ; 16 cm.
Glory Day may be losing her vision, but that doesn't mean she'll ever stop fighting. Determined to provide for her struggling family, she confronts an outlaw with a price on his head. But when a mysterious cowboy gets between her and her target, Glory accidentally shoots him instead. Flustered, she has no option but to take the handsome stranger home to treat his wounds.

Gunslinger girl

January 17, 2018
Ely, Lyndsay, author.
©2018
422 pages ; 24 cm
"JIMMY Patterson Books."
In a post-Second Civil War lawless West, sharpshooter Serendipity "Pity" Jones stars in, and lives at, the Theater Vespertine, but there is a dark cost to her freedom that Pity may not be willing to pay.

Venom of the mountain man

December 29, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
vi, 374 pages ; 17 cm
"Pinnacle Books."
"When Smoke Jensen sees a gang of outlaws holding up a stagecoach, he storms in with guns blazing, killing one of the gunmen. The dead man is the brother of the notorious outlaw Gabe Briggs and Briggs will want revenge. Tired of the savagery of the lawless countryside, Smoke's wife Sally heads back east for a spell, only to find the big city choking in filth, violence and corruption. Before Sally can head back home, though, she's snatched right off the street. When Smoke gets word that Sally's been kidnapped, he hops the first train east, but Gabe Briggs and his band of bad men are along for the ride. Unless Smoke can punch their ticket to hell first, they'll low this train sky high..."--Page 4 of cover.

Reed

December 28, 2017
Ryan, R. C., 1937- author.
©2017
382 pages ; 18 cm
"A fresh start. That's exactly what Ally Shaw needs and what she's found in Glacier Ridge, Montana. Creating a simpler life with her young son and reconnecting with her only remaining family-it's all part of Ally's plan to chase away the pain of her past. But when a dangerously irresistible cowboy rescues her little boy, Ally can't deny she's excited about what else the future might bring. Reed Malloy was a wild horse who wouldn't be broken. Devoted to his work on the land at the expense of everything else, he'd never met a woman who could hold his interest . . . until Ally. And now, beautiful Ally and her fearless, freckled child have this cowboy wanting more. This isn't Ally's first time at the rodeo, though, and convincing her to trust him isn't easy. But there isn't anything he won't do to keep her safe . . . and make her his."--Goodreads.com.

Thalia : a Texas trilogy

December 20, 2017
McMurtry, Larry, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017.
xiii, 722 pages ; 25 cm
Horseman, pass by -- Leaving Cheyenne -- The last picture show.
Larry McMurtry burst onto the American literary scene with a force that would forever redefine how we perceive the American West. His first three novels-- Horseman, Pass By (1961), * Leaving Cheyenne (1963), and The Last Picture Show (1966)-- all set in the north Texas town of Thalia after World War II, are collected here for the first time. In this trilogy, McMurtry writes tragically of men and women trying to carve out an existence on the plains, where the forces of modernity challenge small- town American life. McMurtry captures the stark realities of the West like no one else. With a new introduction, Thalia emerges as an American classic that celebrates one of our greatest literary masters.

The ballad of Black Bart

December 19, 2017
Estleman, Loren D., author.
©2017
237 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Between July 1875 and November 1883, a single outlaw robbed the stagecoaches of Wells Fargo in California's Mother Lode country a record of twenty-eight times. Armed with an unloaded shotgun, walking to and from the scenes of the robberies, often for hundreds of miles, and leaving poems behind, the infamous Black Bart was fiercely hunted. Between robberies, Black Bart was known as Charles E. Bolton, a distinguished, middle-aged man who enjoyed San Francisco's entertainments in the company of socialites drawn to his quiet, temperate good nature and upper-class tastes. Meanwhile, James B. Hume, Wells Fargo's legendary chief of detectives, made Bart's apprehension a matter of personal as well as professional interest.

Retribution rails

December 11, 2017
Bowman, Erin, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
374 pages : map ; 22 cm
Companion to Vengeance Road.
Ten years after the events of Vengeance Road, Reece Murphy, who has been forced to join the Rose Riders gang, must work with aspiring journalist Charlotte Vaughn to get free.

To marry a Texas outlaw

November 29, 2017
Broday, Linda, author.
©2017
376 pages ; 17 cm.
Outlaw Luke Weston survives by his wits. On the run for a murder he didn't commit, the last thing he needs is to go looking for more trouble. But when Luke stumbles across a fiercely beautiful woman struggling against two heavily armed men, it's obvious that trouble has found him. After all he could never resist a damsel in distress. Josie Morgan is distressed all right and hopping mad. She has no idea why she has been kidnapped or who she is. But as the memories come tumbling back, Josie is faced with the stark reality of why she and Luke can never be ... even as her heart is telling her she will always be his.

Hell hath no fury

November 28, 2017
West, Charles, author.
New York : Pinnacle Books, 2017.
307 pages ; 18 cm.
"A John Hawk Western" -- Cover.
When his brother and his young bride disappear deep into Sioux territory, Monroe Pratt convinces the legendary Indian scout John Hawk, who is known for delivering swift justice to anyone who stands in his way, to come out of retirement and rescue them.

Love held captive

November 8, 2017
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
©2017
328 pages ; 22 cm.
"Major Ethan Kelly has never been able to absolve himself of the guilt he feels for raiding a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. He is struggling to get through each day until he once again crosses paths with Lizbeth Barclay—the very woman he is trying to forget. Life after the war is not much different for former Captain Devin Monroe until he meets Julianne VanFleet. He knows she is the woman he’s been waiting for, but he struggles to come to terms with the sacrifices she made to survive the war. When Ethan and Devin discover that their former colonel, Adam Bushnell, is responsible for both Lizbeth’s and Julianne’s pain, they call on their former fellow soldiers to hunt him down. As the men band together to earn the trust of the women they love, Lizbeth and Julianne seek the justice they deserve in a country longing to heal."

Deadlands : Boneyard

November 3, 2017
McGuire, Seanan, author.
©2017
332 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Based on the bestselling role-playing game"--Cover.
"Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus's star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past ... and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect. Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a travelling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town. A tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of Deadlands, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group."--Publisher's website.

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