In all the history books about the Wild West, Cody Dalton is portrayed as a notorious bank robber. In 1899 he was convicted of five bank robberies in the Territory of New Mexico and spent 30 years in prison paying for his crimes. When Cody dies in 1933 at the age of seventy-eight, newspapers across the country perpetuate the legend of Dalton as an infamous western outlaw. But is this the truth? Cody's daughter, Sarah, and his best friend, Jesse...
In all the history books about the Wild West, Cody Dalton is portrayed as a notorious bank robber. In 1899 he was convicted of five bank robberies in the Territory of New Mexico and spent 30 years in prison paying for his crimes. When Cody dies in 1933 at the age of seventy-eight, newspapers across the country perpetuate the legend of Dalton as an infamous western outlaw.
But is this the truth?
Cody's daughter, Sarah, and his best friend, Jesse Carey tell a different story. They claim the Santa Fe and San Pietro "Rings" - groups of powerful and corrupt politicians, businessmen and lawyers who, at that time, controlled most of the economy and commerce in the vast and violent New Mexican Territory - framed and railroaded Cody because he would not sell to them something he owned and they desperately wanted. Cody's ranch, just outside the small town of San Pietro, had an abundance of what everybody needed in the southwestern area of the territory - water. So the men in the "Rings" used all their power in an effort to destroy Cody Dalton and take his land.
In New York a popular columnist for the New York Free Press named John Bondi reads the news of Dalton's passing with great interest. His instincts tell him that there is much more to this story than meets the eye. He convinces his editor to send him to New Mexico in the late summer of 1933 to seek the truth.
What John uncovers is an inspiring story of the courage, character and dignity Cody Dalton showed in battling the corruption, lies, deceit, manipulations and abuse of power he fought against - and the steep price he paid to hold on to what was rightfully his.
While in New Mexico John and Cody Dalton's daughter, Sarah, fall deeply in love and fervently hope they can build a life together. But the commitments and responsibilities both have in their lives and the thousands of miles that separate them are obstacles they must overcome to ever have a chance of realizing their dreams of a home and family.
The Last Outlaw is a moving and powerful story of how the flame of hope that burns eternal in the human heart can never be extinguished. It is this hope that enables us to endure, to pursue our dreams and believe that tomorrow will be better than today.
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Meet the Author
Marino Amoruso is an award-winning writer, director, producer and author. He has written, directed and edited over 50 films for networks such as PBS, The History Channel, Fox Sports Network, ESPN, The Arts and Entertainment Network, Madison Square Garden Network, Metro Sports, Lifetime, USA Network, Documentary Channel and many others. He has been nominated for four Emmy Awards, won the prestigious Western Heritage Award, and has won awards at the New York Film Festival. He has written eight books including Gil Hodges: The Quiet Man, Our Contributions: The Italians in America, Back in the Day: Reflections of a Baby Boomer, Being Italian: A Memoir; The Italians: A Musical History and the novels Across 7th Street, The Sixth Family, Monroe City Blues and The Last Outlaw
His most recent film, the docudrama Jackie Robinson: My Story won the Best Picture Award at both the Long Island International Film Expo and the Garden State Film Festival. He recently received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Sons of Italy in America for his contributions in preserving Italian-American culture, history and heritage in his books and films. He has three children, two stepchildren, two grandchildren, two dogs, a cat and lives with his wife Myra in Oakdale, New York. For additional copies of this book or Marino's other titles in either print format or e-books, visit www.amazon.com. For autographed printed copies of any of his books visit www.mymarfilms.com.