Oh.., Billyby A. Robert Hill
The West is rife with tales spun by novelists of the 'Dime Novel' era. However, many were sensationalized, giving way to greater sales in eastern markets. After studying the works of many authors on the life of William Bonny,aka, Billy the Kid, then researching journals and testimonials given to reporters in 1937-38, by people who knew William Bonny, a/p>
The West is rife with tales spun by novelists of the 'Dime Novel' era. However, many were sensationalized, giving way to greater sales in eastern markets.After studying the works of many authors on the life of William Bonny,aka, Billy the Kid, then researching journals and testimonials given to reporters in 1937-38, by people who knew William Bonny, a different young man emerged. (See epilogue) He was loyal, handsome, very likeable, romantic, fast and accurate with his six-gun and, he was held very dear in the hearts of the Hispanics of the Southwest. Did his association with a Catholic nun in Trinidad, Colorado have an impact on his life and his love—the beautiful Josefita, of Lincoln, New Mexico? Through the pages of this novel, one will smell the cordite from the gunfights, live inside his mind with his loves, passions, pains, and his quest for just staying alive. Rendering justice where there was none, in his fashion, he may have accomplished what the law could not, or would not do…
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'What do you know about Billy the Kid? From every account, he seems to be a very different kind of outlaw. Now comes another account that is even more intriging. The book is 'Oh.., Billy' by A. Robert Hill, who has written a number of other works that deal with the history of Colorado and personalities, some real, some imagined but close to true. The book in papaerback in 385 pages published by Writers Club Press. Hill's writing is very readable as he tells the story of William Bonny through the eyes of Sister Angela and the annals of history along with testimonies given in 1937-38. Bonny lived a very stirring, complex life. There are many different version of Billy and this will add to the legend. It's recommended reading for any fan of the old West.
Oh..,Billy isn't just another novel about Billy the Kid, the famous New Mexican outlaw. This novel by A. Robert Hill is fiction which was written after a great deal of research. When New Mexico was a territory, it was pretty much every man for himself, and the one who was lucky enough to shoot first, was the winner. The Code of the West was, don't shoot an unarmed man. The three who bushwhacked John Tunstall, Billy's mentor, broke that code. Billy became an avenger who brought justice with a pistol he could draw faster and shoot straighter than most gunslingers. Author Hill pictures Billy as a man who rights wrong, no matter what the price he has to pay. Like the knights of old, Billy also has a fair maiden who helps him escape death. Mixed in with the bad and the ugly, there is aCatholic nun who befriends the outlaw and his woman. Was Billy killed at Fort Sumner, New Mexico? If not, whose body does the large sandstoone rock protect from wild animals and modern curiosity seekers? Oh.., Billy has a different answer from the one given in Western Folklore. This novel is worth reading to find out what might have happened to Billy, the outlaw. Did he indeed cheat death? A great read!