Known for his ability to make history come vividly to life, Reasoner strips away the dime novel legends and Hollywood myths to show us how the gunfighters of the Old West really lived, killed, and were killed.
Praised for his “well-researched” (Booklist) and “lively, suspenseful” (Publishers Weekly) novels, James Reasoner now proves that truth can be even more exciting than fiction.
Among the true stories he brings us:
• Doc Holliday’s Last Gunfight
• The Last Bloody Ride of the Dalton Gang
• The End of the Notorious John Wesley Hardin
• Wild Bill’s Tragic Mistake
• The End of an Earp
• Turkey Creek Canyon Shoot-out
• Gunfight at Stone Corral
• The Doolin Bunch vs. the U.S. Marshals
• Rourke’s Bad Luck Robbery
• Shoot-out at the Tuttle Dance Hall
• Wichita’s New Year’s Day Gunfight
• Bat Masterson and the Battle of the Plaza
• The Sam Bass Gang’s Luck Runs Out
• The Long Branch Saloon’s Spectacular Fray
• Ben Thompson’s Christmas Day Shooting
• The Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Jesse James
• and more!
These are the shoot-outs and showdowns that gave the Wild West its name, recounted here with gritty accuracy, colorful detail, and all the drama of life—and death—on the frontier.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.22(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
A lifelong Texan, James Reasoner has been a professional writer for more than 30 years. In that time, he has authored several hundred novels and short stories in numerous genres. Best known for his Westerns, historical novels, and war novels, he is also the author of two mystery novels that have achieved cult followings, Texas Wind and Dust Devils. Writing under his own name and various pseudonyms, his novels have garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as appearing on The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He lives in a small town in Texas with his wife, award-winning author Livia J. Washburn.
Table of Contents
|Part 1||Man to Man|
|1.||Luke Short's White Elephant Shoot-out||3|
|2.||End of an Earp||19|
|3.||Doc's Last Gunfight||27|
|4.||The Long Branch Saloon's Spectacular Fray||35|
|5.||Shoot-out at the Tuttle Dance Hall||40|
|6.||Levy, the Underrated Gunfighter||47|
|7.||The Capture of "Blackface Charley" Bryant||53|
|1.||Battle for the County Seat||63|
|2.||The Last Dalton Raid||72|
|3.||Bat Masterson and the Battle of the Plaza||84|
|4.||The Younger Brothers-Pinkertons Shoot-out||93|
|5.||The Sam Bass Gang's Luck Runs Out||101|
|1.||Diablo Canyon Trackdown||121|
|2.||California's Most Wanted Outlaw||129|
|3.||Gunfight at Stone Corral||135|
|4.||The Doolin Bunch vs. the U.S. Marshals||148|
|1.||Bungled Bank Robbery||161|
|2.||The Capture of "Black Jack" Ketchum||167|
|3.||The Bank-Robbin'est Outlaw in America||176|
|4.||Express Company Fraud||187|
|1.||The Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Jesse James||195|
|2.||Make Sure Your Man Is Dead!||203|
|3.||Pat Garrett's Mysterious Death||212|
|4.||The End of the Notorious John Wesley Hardin||224|
|5.||Ben Thompson and the Vaudeville Ambush||237|
|Part 6||Gunfighting Mishaps and Misfortunes|
|1.||That Wasn't Clay Allison||249|
|2.||Wild Bill's Tragic Mistake||256|
|3.||Rourke's Bad Luck Robbery||266|
|4.||Wichita's New Year's Day Gunfight||273|
|5.||Miller and Frazer, Fighting Again||282|
|6.||Bullet to Bullet||291|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is an oustanding book with great information.
before one wastes their money on this book, they should read the reviews in the book. 'Epic, well-researched historical FICTION.' (all caps mine) from Booklist. 'A detailed work of historical FICTION by a gifted writer' (caps mine) from the Book Watch. His chapter on Doc Holliday is so filled with errors, the only way that research was done is that the author watched every Hollywood movie made about Doc. I counted 11 egrigious errors in this chapter alone and stopped reading the book. If you want fiction and repeated stories of alleged incidents, this is the book for you.
James Reasoner writes his first work of non-fiction, and he does it admirably. DRAW is a thoroughly researched study of many of the gunfights and gunfighters of the American West. The book contains many little-known facts about these men (and women) and these events. It is a well-written, fast-paced work, and a must read for any student of the American West. The reader should note, to avoid confusion, the excerpts from reviews of Mr. Reasoner's work contained in the front of DRAW, complimenting his fiction, refer to his PREVIOUS novels, and not to DRAW. DRAW is a work of non-fiction.