New Arrivals · Western Fiction

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Yipee's gold mountain

February 22, 2018
Rivera, Raquel, 1966- author.
©2017
224 pages ; 19 cm
"Wild West adventure of friendship, inter-cultural diversity, gender, and coming-of-age issues set in the American frontier, 1800s, between a young Chinese railway worker and Apache warrior-apprentice who face down challenges, cultural crisis, wild animals, fortune seekers, prejudice and their own fears."--Provided by publisher.

The which way tree

February 9, 2018
Crook, Elizabeth, 1959- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, [2018]
279 pages ; 25 cm
Early one morning in the remote hill country of Texas, a panther savagely attacks a family of homesteaders, mauling a young girl named Samantha and killing her mother, whose final act is to save her daughter's life. Samantha and her half brother, Benjamin, survive, but she is left traumatized, her face horribly scarred. The Which Way Tree is the story of Samantha's unshakeable resolve to stalk and kill the infamous panther, rumored across the Rio Grande to be a demon, and avenge her mother's death. In their quest she and Benjamin, now orphaned, enlist a charismatic Tejano outlaw and a haunted, compassionate preacher with an aging but relentless tracking dog. As the members of this unlikely posse hunt the panther, they are in turn pursued by a hapless but sadistic Confederate soldier.

The bloody spur

February 7, 2018
Spillane, Mickey, 1918-2006, author.
©2018
xiii, 226 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The big showdown.
John Wayne and Mickey Spillane: a friendship / Max Allan Collins -- The bloody spur.
The Santa Fe Railroad wants to build a spur through Trinidad, New Mexico, linking the town to the cattle trade. Only one man stands against it - rancher George Cullen. At the request of the town council, Sheriff Caleb York rides out to the Bar-O to reason with his old friend. With murder in the wind, the whole town's in danger. To bring a killer to justice, and protect the woman he loves, Caleb York must strap down his Colt .44, enter the big game, and bet his life on the turn of a card - and the speed of his draw.

The cowboy who came calling

February 6, 2018
Broday, Linda, author.
©2003
312 pages ; 16 cm.
Glory Day may be losing her vision, but that doesn't mean she'll ever stop fighting. Determined to provide for her struggling family, she confronts an outlaw with a price on his head. But when a mysterious cowboy gets between her and her target, Glory accidentally shoots him instead. Flustered, she has no option but to take the handsome stranger home to treat his wounds.

Gunslinger girl

January 17, 2018
Ely, Lyndsay, author.
©2018
422 pages ; 24 cm
"JIMMY Patterson Books."
In a post-Second Civil War lawless West, sharpshooter Serendipity "Pity" Jones stars in, and lives at, the Theater Vespertine, but there is a dark cost to her freedom that Pity may not be willing to pay.

Venom of the mountain man

December 29, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
vi, 374 pages ; 17 cm
"Pinnacle Books."
"When Smoke Jensen sees a gang of outlaws holding up a stagecoach, he storms in with guns blazing, killing one of the gunmen. The dead man is the brother of the notorious outlaw Gabe Briggs and Briggs will want revenge. Tired of the savagery of the lawless countryside, Smoke's wife Sally heads back east for a spell, only to find the big city choking in filth, violence and corruption. Before Sally can head back home, though, she's snatched right off the street. When Smoke gets word that Sally's been kidnapped, he hops the first train east, but Gabe Briggs and his band of bad men are along for the ride. Unless Smoke can punch their ticket to hell first, they'll low this train sky high..."--Page 4 of cover.

Reed

December 28, 2017
Ryan, R. C., 1937- author.
©2017
382 pages ; 18 cm
"A fresh start. That's exactly what Ally Shaw needs and what she's found in Glacier Ridge, Montana. Creating a simpler life with her young son and reconnecting with her only remaining family-it's all part of Ally's plan to chase away the pain of her past. But when a dangerously irresistible cowboy rescues her little boy, Ally can't deny she's excited about what else the future might bring. Reed Malloy was a wild horse who wouldn't be broken. Devoted to his work on the land at the expense of everything else, he'd never met a woman who could hold his interest . . . until Ally. And now, beautiful Ally and her fearless, freckled child have this cowboy wanting more. This isn't Ally's first time at the rodeo, though, and convincing her to trust him isn't easy. But there isn't anything he won't do to keep her safe . . . and make her his."--Goodreads.com.

Thalia : a Texas trilogy

December 20, 2017
McMurtry, Larry, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017.
xiii, 722 pages ; 25 cm
Horseman, pass by -- Leaving Cheyenne -- The last picture show.
Larry McMurtry burst onto the American literary scene with a force that would forever redefine how we perceive the American West. His first three novels-- Horseman, Pass By (1961), * Leaving Cheyenne (1963), and The Last Picture Show (1966)-- all set in the north Texas town of Thalia after World War II, are collected here for the first time. In this trilogy, McMurtry writes tragically of men and women trying to carve out an existence on the plains, where the forces of modernity challenge small- town American life. McMurtry captures the stark realities of the West like no one else. With a new introduction, Thalia emerges as an American classic that celebrates one of our greatest literary masters.

The ballad of Black Bart

December 19, 2017
Estleman, Loren D., author.
©2017
237 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Between July 1875 and November 1883, a single outlaw robbed the stagecoaches of Wells Fargo in California's Mother Lode country a record of twenty-eight times. Armed with an unloaded shotgun, walking to and from the scenes of the robberies, often for hundreds of miles, and leaving poems behind, the infamous Black Bart was fiercely hunted. Between robberies, Black Bart was known as Charles E. Bolton, a distinguished, middle-aged man who enjoyed San Francisco's entertainments in the company of socialites drawn to his quiet, temperate good nature and upper-class tastes. Meanwhile, James B. Hume, Wells Fargo's legendary chief of detectives, made Bart's apprehension a matter of personal as well as professional interest.

Retribution rails

December 11, 2017
Bowman, Erin, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
374 pages : map ; 22 cm
Companion to Vengeance Road.
Ten years after the events of Vengeance Road, Reece Murphy, who has been forced to join the Rose Riders gang, must work with aspiring journalist Charlotte Vaughn to get free.

To marry a Texas outlaw

November 29, 2017
Broday, Linda, author.
©2017
376 pages ; 17 cm.
Outlaw Luke Weston survives by his wits. On the run for a murder he didn't commit, the last thing he needs is to go looking for more trouble. But when Luke stumbles across a fiercely beautiful woman struggling against two heavily armed men, it's obvious that trouble has found him. After all he could never resist a damsel in distress. Josie Morgan is distressed all right and hopping mad. She has no idea why she has been kidnapped or who she is. But as the memories come tumbling back, Josie is faced with the stark reality of why she and Luke can never be ... even as her heart is telling her she will always be his.

Hell hath no fury

November 28, 2017
West, Charles, author.
New York : Pinnacle Books, 2017.
307 pages ; 18 cm.
"A John Hawk Western" -- Cover.
When his brother and his young bride disappear deep into Sioux territory, Monroe Pratt convinces the legendary Indian scout John Hawk, who is known for delivering swift justice to anyone who stands in his way, to come out of retirement and rescue them.

Love held captive

November 8, 2017
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
©2017
328 pages ; 22 cm.
"Major Ethan Kelly has never been able to absolve himself of the guilt he feels for raiding a woman’s home shortly before he was taken prisoner during the Civil War. He is struggling to get through each day until he once again crosses paths with Lizbeth Barclay—the very woman he is trying to forget. Life after the war is not much different for former Captain Devin Monroe until he meets Julianne VanFleet. He knows she is the woman he’s been waiting for, but he struggles to come to terms with the sacrifices she made to survive the war. When Ethan and Devin discover that their former colonel, Adam Bushnell, is responsible for both Lizbeth’s and Julianne’s pain, they call on their former fellow soldiers to hunt him down. As the men band together to earn the trust of the women they love, Lizbeth and Julianne seek the justice they deserve in a country longing to heal."

Deadlands : Boneyard

November 3, 2017
McGuire, Seanan, author.
©2017
332 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Based on the bestselling role-playing game"--Cover.
"Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus's star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past ... and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect. Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a travelling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town. A tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of Deadlands, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group."--Publisher's website.

In the distance

October 17, 2017
Díaz, Hernán, 1973- author.
Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2017.
256 pages ; 21 cm
"A young Swedish boy finds himself in penniless and alone in California. He travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great push to the West. Driven back over and over again on his journey through vast expanses, Håkan meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend"--Provided by publisher.

Savage country : a novel

October 9, 2017
Olmstead, Robert, author.
©2017
293 pages ; 22 cm
September 1873. Elizabeth Coughlin, a widow bankrupted by her husband's folly and death, embarks on a buffalo hunt with her estranged brother-in-law, Michael. She hopes to salvage something of her former life and the lives of the hired men and their families who depend on her. The buffalo hunt that her husband had planned, she now realizes, was his last hope for saving their land. As they ride across the Deadline demarcating Indian Territory from their home state, Kansas, they're on borrowed time: the Comanche are in winter quarters, and the cruel work of slaughtering the buffalo is unraveling their souls.

Hell's half acre: the butcher of Baxter Pass

September 29, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2015
329 pages ; 17 cm

The edge of violence : a Tim Colter western

September 29, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2016
364 pages ; 17 cm
Includes excerpt from: An Arizona Christmas (pages [341]-364)
Widowed deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Colter finds his plans to remarry and settle down thwarted as he tries to tame the violence in a small town that is being torn asunder by competing interests who have their sights set on railroad money.

The O'Malleys of Texas

September 21, 2017
Richards, Dusty, author.
©2017
426 pages ; 17 cm
"During the Civil War, Texas Rangers Harp and Long John O'Malley patrol a vast, unguarded range, protecting the families of soldiers off fighting at the front. At war's end, the Rangers are disbanded, and the O'Malleys sign on with a cattle drive across the most treacherous and deadly stretch of the American frontier from Texas to Sedalia"-- Provided by publisher.

The vengeance of mothers : the journals of Margaret Kelly & Molly McGill : [a novel]

September 15, 2017
Fergus, Jim, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
337 pages ; 24 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"9 March 1876 My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our People has been destroyed. Empty of human feeling, half-dead ourselves, all that remains of us intact are hearts turned to stone. We curse the U.S. government, we curse the Army, we curse the savagery of mankind, white and Indian alike. We curse God in his heaven. Do not underestimate the power of a mother's vengeance . . . . So begins the journal of Margaret Kelly, a woman who participated in the government's "Brides for Indians" program in 1873, a program whose conceit was that the way to peace between the United States and the Cheyenne Nation was for One Thousand White Women to be given as brides in exchange for three hundred horses. Mostly fallen women, the brides themselves thought it was simply a chance at freedom. But many fell in love with the Cheyenne spouses and had children with them . . . and became Cheyenne themselves. THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS explores what happens to the bonds between wives and husbands, children and mothers, when society sees them as "unspeakable." Jim Fergus brings to light a time and place and fills it with unforgettable characters who live and breathe with a passion we can relate to even today" -- Provided by publisher.

The last outlaw

August 29, 2017
Bittner, Rosanne, 1945- author.
©2017
vi, 440 pages : genealogical table ; 18 cm.
"Times have changed, and the old Wild West is a thing of the past. Nestled in his beautiful Colorado ranch, surrounded by family, infamous former outlaw Jake Harkner's hung up his guns for good and finally found a measure of peace--but dark memories haunt the woman who has always been his strength, and not even Jake is certain he can save his beloved Miranda this time. All he can do is swear to remain by her side. But it takes more than a hope for peace to outrun a past defined by violence, and it isn't long before Jake is embroiled in a rescue mission he simply can't refuse. Life has brought him back full circle as he rides into Mexico to save a young girl from a dreadful fate... leaving Miranda behind one final time, fearing that the man she loves more than anything is destined to die the way he's always lived--by the gun."--Amazon.com.

Flintlock : Hell's gate

August 23, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2017
345 pages ; 18 cm.
"After crossing the dry Arizona desert -and missing six meals in a row- Sam Flintlock is flat-out desperate. For food. For work. For lodgings. Luckily he finds all three in the high timber country east of the Mogollon River. A very young and pretty heiress, Lucy Cullen, has an unusual proposition for the bounty hunter. She will pay him cold, hard cash to spend one full week in the gothic mansion of her murdered uncle. What's the catch? The place is haunted.. Flintlock ain't afraid of the dead. It's the living he's more worried about -namely Hogan Forde, the murderous Texas gunslinger who just happens to be skulking around town. Toss in a few unfriendly locals and a missing treasure map, and you've got all the makings of a pretty terrifying campfire story. The difference is, these restless spirits are very much among the living, and they've got Flintlock slated for his own afterlife..." --Amazon.com

The Blinds

August 8, 2017
Sternbergh, Adam, author.
©2017
382 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
Helping maintain an uneasy peace in The Blinds, a rural Texas community of criminal misfits who were given a chance at a new life after having their memories altered, sheriff Calvin Cooper struggles with personal secrets in the wake of a suicide and murder.

Knight on the Texas plains

July 27, 2017
Broday, Linda, author.
©2017
344 pages ; 18 cm
Includes an excerpt from "To marry a Texas outlaw" by Linda Broday (pages [307]-344).
"Originally published in 2002 in the United States by Leisure Books, an imprint of Dorchester Publishing, New York"--Title page verso.
"Duel McClain has lost everything he's ever loved: his wife, his son, his sense of self. But when a strange twist of fate--and a poker game he'll never forget--leaves an innocent little girl in his care, Duel vows to defend his new family to his very last breath. If only he knew a single thing about taking care of babies...Just as Duel swears his life can't get any more complicated, a beautiful woman stumbles into the light of his campfire, desperate for help. Jessie Foltry is hungry, tired, and running for her life. She agrees to help Duel care for the child in exchange for his protection, even as she fights to guard her broken heart. But Duel will do whatever it takes to make Jessie see that the Texas plains have more than one kind of knight, and perhaps their salvation is closer than either of them could have dreamed..."--Publisher's website.

The last cowboys of San Geronimo

July 11, 2017
Stansel, Ian, author.
©2017
192 pages ; 22 cm
"A contemporary Western debut about two brothers locked in a deadly feud, a woman on horseback trailing her husband's killer, and the inescapable ties of home and family. When Silas Van Loy flees home on horseback to avoid capture for his brother's murder, he is soon followed by both the police and his brother's wife, Lena, who is intent on exacting revenge. She reluctantly lets her trusted stable assistant join her in a journey across the wilds of Northern California in the hopes of catching Silas for one final showdown. Stansel follows the chase and shares the story of the brothers' rise from hardscrabble childhood to their reign as the region's preeminent horse trainers, tracking the tense sibling rivalry that ultimately leads to the elder's death. A fully realized tale that challenges notions of the modern West, The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo will satisfy fans of Kent Haruf, Larry McMurtry, Molly Gloss, and Smith Henderson, and establish Stansel as a new voice in this grand tradition"-- Provided by publisher.

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