New Arrivals · Western Fiction

July 4, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Rodeo ranch : a Western duo

July 3, 2015
Brand, Max, 1892-1944.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
184 pages ; 23 cm
"Doc Willis, despite the nickname, is just an unemployed cowboy in The Valley of Jewels. Daggett Valley holds many secrets from the past, including a now deserted mining camp. It is there that Buck Logan lures Willis with the promise of great riches to be gained. What Doc doesn't even suspect is that he is to play a part in a most subtle feat of deception in which an old man, William Daggett, will be conned into believing that he is reliving his past. Rodeo Ranch is so called because of the rodeos sponsored by Ramon Alvarez. When an attempt is made on Alvarez's life, a rodeo is held, but the only event that interests him is the shooting competition. The event is won by Duds Kobbe, who is hired to be Alvarez's body guard. What Kobbe doesn't realize is that he will be just as much a target as Alvarez. "-- Provided by publisher.

American meteor

June 10, 2015
Lock, Norman, 1950- author.
New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2015.
207 pages ; 19 cm
"In this ... tale of Manifest Destiny, Stephen Moran comes of age with the young country that he crosses on the Union Pacific, just as the railroad unites the continent. Propelled westward from his Brooklyn neighborhood and the killing fields of the Civil War to the Battle of Little Big Horn, he befriends Walt Whitman, becomes a bugler on President Lincoln's funeral train, apprentices with frontier photographer William Henry Jackson, and stalks General George Custer. When he comes face-to-face with Crazy Horse, his life will be spared but his dreams haunted for the rest of his days"--Page 4 of cover.

Paradise sky

June 8, 2015
Lansdale, Joe R., 1951-
New York, New York : Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
400 pages ; 25 cm
On the run after an infamous landowner murders his father, Willie becomes an expert marksman before turning Buffalo Soldier, befriending Wild Bill Hickok and earning the nickname "Deadwood Dick."

Vermilion : the adventures of Lou Merriwether, psychopomp

June 8, 2015
Tanzer, Molly, author.
©2015
376 pages ; 23 cm
"Gunslinging, chain smoking, Stetson-wearing Taoist psychopomp, Elouise "Lou" Merriwether might not be a normal 19-year-old, but she's too busy keeping San Francisco safe from ghosts, shades, and geung si to care much about that. It's an important job, though most folks consider it downright spooky. Some have even accused Lou of being more comfortable with the dead than the living, and, well... they're not wrong. When Lou hears that a bunch of Chinatown boys have gone missing somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies she decides to saddle up and head into the wilderness to investigate. Lou fears her particular talents make her better suited to help placate their spirits than ensure they get home alive, but it's the right thing to do, and she's the only one willing to do it. On the road to a mysterious sanatorium known as Fountain of Youth, Lou will encounter bears, desperate men, a very undead villain, and even stranger challenges. Lou will need every one of her talents and a whole lot of luck to make it home alive...."--Page [4] of cover.

High rider

May 18, 2015
Gallaher, Bill, author.
Victoria, British Columbia : TouchWood Editions, 2015
263 pages ; 19 cm

The long high noon

May 11, 2015
Estleman, Loren D.
New York : Forge, 2015.
271 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Locked in a deadly feud, cowboys Randy Locke and Frank Farmer have spent decades attempting to annihilate each other any time they are within shooting distance. So far, the men are even. One of Frank's bullets has given Randy a permanent limp. Vain Frank wears a prosthetic ear, his own lost to Randy's assault. If either of them remembers the original reason for the feud, it seems moot now. Their quest for revenge has led them on a merry chase through the Old West--through soon-to-be ghost towns and major cities; cattle ranches and mountain cabins; brothels and fishing boats; jailhouses and movie sets. Even their marriages have fallen victim to the feud. The story of their long-term hatred well known throughout the country, Frank and Randy are approached (separately, of course) by Abraham Cripplehorn with a proposition. With the popular Buffalo Bill's Wild West show a raging success, why not publicize their next duel and sell tickets to the event? Winner take all, in more ways than one. Frank and Randy make a date for death...but will they be able to wait for the show? And could it be that their decades-long thirst for revenge is the only thing they are living for? The Long High Noon is another thrilling western from Loren D. Estleman, a modern master"-- Provided by publisher.

Twice a Texas bride

April 24, 2015
Broday, Linda.
©2015
411 pages ; 18 cm.
Left with emotional scars from his time in an orphanage, Rand Sinclair has vowed never to marry. But when he discovers Callie Quinn and a small orphan boy hiding on his ranch, he can't help but open his home to the desperate runaways. Callie has been betrayed by every man she's ever known. While she's grateful for Rand's incredible kindness, she knows it's only a matter of time before he shows his true colors. But she needs this safe haven-maybe the outlaw on her trail won't find them here. Yet as Rand slowly uncovers her secret fears, they each come to realize that the only way to keep her safe is for Rand to risk everything to offer her the protection of his name...and his heart.

The Winter family

April 9, 2015
Jackman, Clifford.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
332 pages ; 25 cm
Traces decades in the lives of a post-Civil War Oklahoma family that includes such members as a psychopathic killer, a group of cruel brothers, an impassive ex-slave, a dangerous child prodigy and a pathologically deviant patriarch.

This gun for hire

April 3, 2015
Goodman, Jo, 1953- author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
375 pages ; 18 cm.
While protecting a powerful mine owner with many enemies, Quill McKenna hires bounty hunter Calico Nash to help guard his boss's daughter, but is unable to control his attraction to her as death threats come thick and fast.

Don't be a stranger

March 17, 2015
Nesbitt, John D., author.
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
219 pages ; 23 cm
"Elwood Lawrence--top hand at the Crown Butte ranch--tries to find out where the cattle are disappearing to. It looks like an inside job. His work becomes complicated when he develops an interest in a woman who comes to visit the ranch and behind it all is the disappearance of a flashy stranger who is said to be a bank robber"--Amazon.com.

Bone digger

March 17, 2015
Hirt, Douglas.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
157 pages ; 22 cm
"Eons past, an ancient creature the size of a bunkhouse lived out a solitary life and died all alone in a rugged canyon. Millennia later that canyon occupied an isolated corner of C. L. McSween's Rocking S. Ranch. Then McSween decied to dam up the canyon to provide water for his cattle. Paleontologist from back east, discovers the cache of bones from this long-dead Jurassic monster, he realizes they are a priceless treasure trove. C. L. McSween and his daughter Libby don't see it that way. They're concerned only about ensuring the survival of their cattle. On top of that, McSween is a superstitious ex-mountain man. He considers the bone digger a grave robber and wants him off his ranch. To Chad Larimer, foreman of the Rocking S. Ranch, Cobsworth's discovery is nothing more than a bunch of old cow bones until strangers from back east show up desperate to get their hands on them. Among the Easterners is the infamous paleontologist Professor O. C. Marsh. Marsh wants the bones for his museum and is prepared to have them at any cost. He's brought hired guns with him, and whoever gets between him and those bones is going to die. Unfortunately, Chad is the man in the middle."--cover.

The rebel of Copper Creek

March 3, 2015
Ryan, R. C., 1937- author.
©2015
365 pages ; 17 cm.

Epitaph : a novel of the O.K. Corral

February 26, 2015
Russell, Mary Doria, 1950- author.
New York : Ecco, 2015.
581 pages ; 24 cm
A sequel to Doc is based on the true events of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Wyatt Earp's survival against a backdrop of volatile politics in 1881 America.

Morrow Creek runaway

February 18, 2015
Plumley, Lisa.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin Books, 2015.
283 p. ; 17 cm.
"Harlequin historical western."
A year ago, Rosamond Dancy never dreamed she would find herself in Morrow Creek. After being removed from her job as a Boston housemaid, sold into marriage and widowed in quick succession, she is now determined to take back the reins of her life. But then the past she's determined to forget shows up on her doorstep in the form of Miles Callawayand everything changes in an instant. Could Miles be the one to convince this runaway to hang up her shoes and stay by his side forever?

Into the Savage Country

February 12, 2015
Burke, Shannon.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2014.
252 pages ; 22 cm
While on a perilous expedition into Crow territory in the 1820s, William Wyeth discovers the depth of loyalty among men and the lengths people will go in order to survive when he becomes trapped in the center of a deadly boundary dispute between Native American tribes, the British government and American trapping brigades.

Wanted: Sam Bass : great western detective league

February 2, 2015
Colt, Paul. author.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, [2015]
215 pages ; 23 cm.
The Pinkerton Detective Agency had a competitor. Who knew? Wanted: Sam Bass introduces the Great Western Detective League and a colorful cast of law enforcement professionals operating across the west in the late eighteen hundreds. Sam Bass launches his outlaw career in 1877 with high stakes stage and train robberies. Wells Fargo and Union Pacific want Bass and his gang. Crafty bounty hunter Briscoe Cane takes the case for the league. Pinkerton assigns agent Beau Longstreet. While Cane dogs the gang's trail Longstreet entertains ladies with information on Bass. With a hefty stack of reward money at stake Cane and Longstreet match wits to bring down Bass in a winner-take-all race to a bloody showdown in a dusty Texas town

Ace's wild

January 21, 2015
McCarty, Sarah, author.
©2015.
409 pages ; 17 cm.
"When you gamble with desire, be prepared to risk everything... Unlike the rest of the Hell's Eight brotherhood, Ace Parker's home isn't on the range. This restless cowboy craves the hustle of Simple, Texas, a lawless town where he can sate his darker appetites without guilt. At least he could, until Petunia Wayfield arrived. The prickly new teacher is insisting that Ace help her rid the town of drunkenness and card playing. For that kind of miracle, Ace demands a reward the spinster schoolmarm will surely never give. But Petunia isn't backing down. Not when the intense passion Ace offers shatters her to the core. As soon as she can afford a ticket to California, she'll leave Simple behind for good. Until then, she'll match his sensual challenge with her own, daring him to give up his fiercely guarded self-control. And then real danger claims Petunia, forcing Ace to reveal the man he really is--even if it drives her away forever"--Page [4] of cover.

Good day to kill

January 21, 2015
Richards, Dusty, author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
444 pages ; 17 cm..
"For Chet Byrnes, building a ranching empire means adding new land, hiring good men, finding water and trying new breeds of cattle. But outlaws and Tuscon's idle rich want to take it all away--and Arizona just may be too lawless to stop it. So while the Byrnes family expands its reach, Chet must do his job hunting down outlaws on either side of the border. Chet's cowboys prove to be tireless fighters, going up against former Mexican military men, a powerful family with bad in their blood. Then Chet takes on the most dangerous risk of all: a bloody, all-out shooting war--with everything to lose, and one last enemy to kill"--Page [4] of cover.

Corryville

January 20, 2015
Dobbins, Brian, author.
©2011
372 pages ; 23 cm.
"Wyoming Territory, 1886. Ethan Darny and his young cousin Ben Tyler are eking out a marginal existence as ranch hands when they find themselves involved in a violent bank hold-up. The robbery goes very wrong and two of the casualties are the town sheriff and deputy. Wounded and frightened, Ethan, Ben and Will Sully start off for the lawless town of Corryville to escape capture and to formulate a plan for their unsure futures. But their flight is marred by more violence. Struggling with conscience and once again unnerved by sudden misfortune, they arrive in Corryville seeking medical attention, shelter and sustenance. They soon find themselves drawn into the deceitful, dangerous world of vicious saloon owner Mike Kenney, who plans his own criminal agenda for them. Moses White and Wade Loveless, two of the toughest and most determined U.S. Marshals, pursue them across the Wyoming territory and are nearing Corryville. They're accompanied by Deputy Jim Cade, who left his wife and young daughter to catch the men who killed his friends. When he meets up with the outlaws, he may blur the fine line between justice and vengeance. Corryville is about to suffer a great deal of bloodshed as the showdown draws inexorably closer."--Back cover.

Where trust lies

January 15, 2015
Oke, Janette, 1935-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
333 pages ; 23 cm.
"After teaching in a 1920s mining town in western Canada, Beth Thatcher no longer feels at home among her wealthy family in the East, and her heart is torn between two very different worlds"-- Provided by publisher.

The Cane Creek regulators : a frontier story

January 5, 2015
Boggs, Johnny D. author.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2014]
240 pages ; 23 cm

A family for Maddie

December 29, 2014
Luck, Sara.
New York, NY : Pocket Books 2015.
369 p. ; 18 cm.
While working with Roy Pemberton, an agent sent to keep the peace between Native Americans and settlers, to build a wagon freight company, Case Williams falls in love with Roy's younger daughter, Maddie, and must decide whether or not to give in to his forbidden feelings or keep them a secret.

Robert B. Parker's The bridge

December 17, 2014
Knott, Robert, 1954-
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
312 pages ; 24 cm
"The Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch novels."
"The next gritty, gun-slinging entry in the New York Times-bestselling series, featuring itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are back in Appaloosa, where their work enforcing the law has been exceptionally quiet. All that is about to change. An ominous storm rolls in, and along with it a band of night riders with a devious scheme, who show up at the Rio Blanco camp, where a three-hundred-foot bridge is under construction. Appaloosa's Sheriff Sledge Driskill and his deputies are the first to respond, but as the storm grows more threatening, news of troubles at the bridge escalate and the Sheriff and his deputies go missing. Virgil and Everett saddle up to sort things out but before they do the hard drinking, Beauregard Beauchamp arrives in Appaloosa with his Theatrical Extravaganza troupe and the promise of the best in lively entertainment west of the Mississippi. With the troupe comes a lovely and mysterious fortune-teller who is set on saving Everett from imminent but indefinable danger. The trouble at the bridge, the missing lawmen, the new arrivals, and Everett's shoot-out in front of Hal's Cafe; aren't the only things on Cole and Hitch's plate as a gang of unsavory soldiers ease into town with a shady alibi, shadier intentions, and a soon-to-be-discovered wake of destruction. As clouds over Appaloosa continue to gather, things get much worse for Cole and Hitch ... "-- Provided by publisher.

Shadow of the hangman

December 1, 2014
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2012
396 pages ; 18 cm.
When a farmer's wife is murdered, an innocent man is accused: Patrick O'Brien. The book-loving brother had shared his love of literature with the woman, but her husband claims she spurned Pat's advances and that's why he killed her. Now it looks like Patrick will swing from the gallows-- especially after his lawyer is targeted, too. Pat's brothers try to track down the real killer, but time is running out. A team of hired guns has come to town, and they're choking the family ranch like a noose. For the brothers O'Brien, it's judgment day. And justice will be served-- in a hellstorm of blood and bullets.

Terror of the mountain man

December 1, 2014
Johnstone, William W.
New York : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., c2014.
363 p. ; 18 cm.
"Pinnacle books."
After a Mexican revolutionary crashes the border, killing 22 innocent U.S. citizens and stealing livestock, including 200 of his horses, Smoke Jensen, going where the U.S. Army and the Texas Rangers cannot, wages war on the Colonel and his ruthless banditos.

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