When Judge Isaac Parker first arrived in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the town had thirty saloons and one bank. Inheriting a corrupt court and a lawless territory roughly the size of Great Britain, he immediately put the residents on notice by publicly hanging six convicted felons at one time. For the next two decades, his stern and implacable justice brought law and order to the West . . . and made him plenty of enemies.
As the sole law on the untamed frontier, Parker tried civil and criminal cases throughout the Western District of Arkansas and the Indian Nations. Only God and the president had the power to challenge Parker. His severe judgments scandalized Washington and the Eastern press, and took an onerous toll on his private life, but the "Hanging Judge of the Border" never flinched from his duty. Over the years, he and his marshals, dubbed "Parker's Men," ran up against some of the most colorful and dangerous outlaws the West had to offer, including the notorious Dalton Gang; Belle Star, the Bandit Queen; the murderous Cherokee Bill; and Ned Christie, a vengeful Indian who carried on a private war against the U.S. government for seven years.
The Branch and the Scaffold is a fascinating depiction of Judge Parker's life and times, as told by Loren D. Estleman, a five-time winner of the Spur Award.
At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|File size:||600 KB|
About the Author
Loren D. Estleman is the author of more than fifty novels, including the Amos Walker, Page Murdock, and Peter Macklin series. Winner of three Shamus Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, four Spur Awards and many other literary prizes. He lives outside Detroit with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Difficult reading. Hard to get into the writing style. I thought the book somewhat boring
Having grown up in Arkansas, I have often visited Fort Smith, and the courthouse of the "Hanging Judge", and his gallows. I've been looking for books on Judge Parker recently, and found this one. I wasn't aware of some of the storied characters that "touched" his life, such as Belle Starr, and other notable outlaws. The book is a page turner, and an excellent add to the history of the "west". At times it was a little lenghthy on the sub-characters, and not the main character, Judge Parker, but, again, it may have been that I was looking for more about the Judge, than his storied trials. Great Read. I would recommend to any library of readers of history or the wild west.