New Arrivals · Western Fiction

June 8, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A touch of flame

June 7, 2018
Goodman, Jo, 1953- author.
New York : Jove, [2018]
401 pages ; 18 cm
"Dr. E. Ridley Woodhouse is like no physician Ben Madison has ever met--she's a woman. As the newly elected sheriff of Frost Falls, Colorado, Ben is tasked with welcoming Ridley to the community. But while Ben might be tempted by the new doc's charms, getting the town to accept a big-city, female doctor is no easy feat. To earn their trust she'll have to prove herself and Ben determines to help her...even if she's the most stubborn woman he's ever met. When the husband of one of Ridley's patients threatens her, forbidding Ridley from treating his wife or children, all of Ben's protective instincts kick in. Ridley has come to rely on Ben's steady presence and the delicious tension that simmers just below the surface of their easy friendship--but as much as she trusts that his warnings to steer clear of Jeremiah Salt are sincere, she's never been one to back down from a challenge and she refuses to abandon her patient. But sticking to your guns can earn you trouble in the rough terrain of the Wild West and danger threatens Ridley from unexpected places, forcing Ben to confront his deepest fear in order to save the woman he loves."--Back cover

The gunslinger's vow

June 1, 2018
Sandas, Amy, author.
©2018
408 pages ; 17 cm
"Runaway brides"--Cover.
Alexandra Brighton spent the last five years in Boston, erasing all evidence of the wild frontier girl she used to be. Before she settles, she's determined to visit her childhood home one final time. But when she finds herself stranded far from civilization, she has no choice but to trust her safety to the tall, dark and decidedly dangerous bounty hunter, Malcolm Kincaid. Now that Malcolm finally has the location of his brother's killer, he has no intention of wasting time protecting a pampered Eastern lady. But something about Alexandra speaks to the heart he long thought frozen--and her slow transformation from proper miss to wild-eyed beauty leaves him shaken. By the time they reach Montana, Malcolm must decide if seeking justice for past wrongs is worth losing a future with the woman he never expected to need.

The devil to pay

June 1, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, [2018]
345 pages ; 18 cm.
"It begins with a simple act of kindness--and ends in a shocking night of violence. A homeless family shows up on Kate Kerrigan's doorstep, seeking refuge from a vengeful rancher's wrath. Seeing their desperation -- and fear -- the West Texas matriarch welcomes the family into her home. But her charity turns out to be an invitation to disaster. First, the rancher and his henchmen come gunning for her houseguests. They break into Kate's mansion. They shoot her butler, brutalize her staff, and try to force themselves on Kate. Then the real slaughter begins. When the smoke clears, Kate vows to send these murderous bastards straight to hell. Even if she has to dance with the devil himself..."--Page 4 of cover.

Die by the gun

May 31, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2018.
284 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The Chuckwagon Trail.
After completing a successful cattle drive as the chuckwagon cook, Dewey "Mac" McKenzie signs up for another one on the Goodnight-Loving Trail, deep in New Mexico Territory. Pursued by a gang of ruthless killers hired by his enemies, with an ornery trail boss and the cattle owner's spoiled son as his crew mate, Mac sets off on a route overrun with kill-crazy rustlers and bloodthirsty Comanche. When the owner's son is kidnapped, the courageous cook has no choice but to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Evil never sleeps

May 31, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
330 pages ; 17 cm.
"He's the most notorious cattle rustler in all of Texas. His name--Jebediah Cotton--strikes fear into the hearts of every rancher in the territory. So it's more than a little strange that someone would shoot Cotton's youngest son in the back. Whoever did it is either a coward, a fool, or a crazy man. Whoever did it must die. Even if he's a U.S. deputy marshal named Will Tanner...So begins not one, but two of the deadliest manhunts in frontier history. As Will Tanner sets off into Oklahoma Territory in pursuit of godless bank robber named Parson McCoy, Jebediah Cotton sends his five remaining sons and cold-blooded brother-in-law after him. Will has no idea he's being stalked. But when there are this many players in the game, a U.S. deputy marshal has two choices: kill them all or die trying..."--Page 4 of cover

Give-a-Damn Jones

May 16, 2018
Pronzini, Bill, author.
New York : Forge, 2018.
255 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Give-a-Damn Jones, an itinerant typographer, arrives in the small Montana town of Box Elder. The town is rife with tensions related to a convict's efforts to prove his innocence, a cattleman's demand for respect, a snooping editor, and a feud between a dentist and a blacksmith. Jones keeps finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time-- but this time, he may be the hero that this town needs.

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.

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