To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett

To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett

by Mark Lee Gardner


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“So richly detailed, you can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles. ”
 —Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers

Billy the Kid—a.k.a. Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, and William Bonney—was a horse thief, cattle rustler, charismatic rogue, and cold-blooded killer. A superb shot, the Kid gunned down four men single-handedly and five others with the help of cronies. Two of his victims were Lincoln County, New Mexico, deputies killed during the Kid's brazen daylight escape from the courthouse jail on April 28, 1881.

For new sheriff Pat Garrett, an acquaintance of Billy's, the chase was on. . . .

The first dual biography of the Kid and Garrett, To Hell on a Fast Horse re-creates the thrilling manhunt for the Wild West's most iconic outlaw. Mark Lee Gardner digs beneath the myth to take a fresh look at these two men, their relationship, and their epic ride to immortality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061368295
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/08/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 325
Sales rank: 248,734
Product dimensions: 7.72(w) x 5.42(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Mark Lee Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse and Shot All to Hell, which received multiple awards, including a Spur Award from Western Writers of America. An authority on the American West, Gardner has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, as well as on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, and on NPR. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, True West, Wild West, American Cowboy, and New Mexico Magazine. He lives with his family in Cascade, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Ghost Stories 1

1 Facing Justice 4

2 Trails West 38

3 War in Lincoln County 76

4 A New Sheriff 122

5 Outlaws and Lawmen 150

6 The Kid Hunted 174

7 Facing Death Boldly 202

8 The Darkened Room 221

9 Both Hero and Villain 258

10 Another Manhunt 285

11 Unwanted Star 313

Epilogue 362

Acknowledgments 379

Notes 387

Resources 481

What People are Saying About This

David Dary

“A masterpiece! Mark Gardner’s dual biography of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett cuts through the myth to tell the real story of two real figures in the Wild West. Gardner’s scholarship is superb. This work can only be called a classic.”

Robert M. Utley

“Incredibly deep research combines with the talents of a fine historian and writer to produce superb narrative history. The true character and relationship of these two iconic westerners emerge to suppress myth and correct more than a century of tomes laden with bad history.”

Hampton Sides

“The double-helix relationship between Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett is one of the abiding fascinations of the West. No one has come closer than Mark Lee Gardner to capturing their twin destinies and their inevitable final can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles. ”

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