Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter

Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter

by Tom Clavin

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Overview

The definitive true story of Wild Bill, the first lawman of the Wild West, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City.

In July 1865, "Wild Bill" Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO—the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West.

James Butler Hickock was known across the frontier as a soldier, Union spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. He crossed paths with General Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody, as well as Ben Thompson and other young toughs gunning for the sheriff with the quickest draw west of the Mississippi.

Wild Bill also fell in love—multiple times—before marrying the true love of his life, Agnes Lake, the impresario of a traveling circus. He would be buried however, next to fabled frontierswoman Calamity Jane.

Even before his death, Wild Bill became a legend, with fiction sometimes supplanting fact in the stories that surfaced. Once, in a bar in Nebraska, he was confronted by four men, three of whom he killed in the ensuing gunfight. A famous Harper’s Magazine article credited Hickok with slaying 10 men that day; by the 1870s, his career-long kill count was up to 100.

The legend of Wild Bill has only grown since his death in 1876, when cowardly Jack McCall famously put a bullet through the back of his head during a card game. Bestselling author Tom Clavin has sifted through years of western lore to bring Hickock fully to life in this rip-roaring, spellbinding true story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250173799
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 205,964
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

TOM CLAVIN is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has worked as a newspaper and web site editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for The New York Times. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association. His books include The Heart of Everything That Is, Halsey’s Typhoon, and Reckless. He lives in Sag Harbor, NY.

Table of Contents

Author's Note

Prologue

ACT I

1. A New England Clan

2. Bloody Kansas

3. Death at Rock Creek Station

4. Behind Enemy Lines

5. The Gunfighter

ACT II

6. Along the Chisholm Trail

7. Frontier Fame

8. Life of a Frontier Marshal

9. Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill

10. "They Killed Me"

11. The Man-Killer

12. The Two-Fisted Marshal

13. The Streets of Abilene

14. A Three-Ring Romance

ACT III

15. The Running of the Bulls

16. The Reluctant Thespian

17. The Cheyenne Loafer

18. A Woman Called Calamity

19. A Married Man

20. Deadwood Days

21. The Premonition

22. Dead Man's Hand

Epilogue

Acknowledgements

Selected Bibliography

Index

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