New Arrivals · Western Fiction

September 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Cold hearted river

July 7, 2017
McCafferty, Keith, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
xii, 306 pages ; 24 cm.
"Sheriff Martha Ettinger reunites with once-again lover and sometime private detective Sean Stranahan to investigate the death of a woman who was stranded in a spring snowstorm. When a fly wallet is found in a pannier on the saddle of the woman's horse, the leather engraved with the initials EH, Stranahan shows the wallet to Patrick Willoughby, the president of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club. Only a few days before, Willoughby was approached by a man selling fishing gear that had belonged to a famous outdoorsman and writer. All the clues point to an obsession with Ernest Hemingway, and Sean soon finds himself on the trail of a missing steamer trunk rumored to contain not only the writer's valuable fly fishing gear, but perhaps even priceless samples of his unpublished work"--Provided by publisher.

The outlaw

July 6, 2017
Schmidt, Anna, 1943- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2017]
316 pages ; 18 cm.
"Last chance cowboys" --Cover.
"Amanda Porterfield longs to experience real adventure. So when she's offered a position in bustling Tucson, she leaps at the chance despite unknown dangers--dangers like the mysterious Seth Grover. As an undercover detective working to stop a gang of outlaws, Seth can't afford the distractions a woman like Amanda inspires. Yet when the fiercely intelligent beauty is thrust into the middle of a heist gone wrong, Seth will fight for a future that may never be theirs...even if it means risking everything he holds dear"--Provided by publisher.

Undaunted

June 29, 2017
Palmer, Diana, author.
©2017
333 pages ; 25 cm
Includes preview of the Defender (pages [299]-333).
"This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A." -- title page verso.
Falling in love with her boss's handsome millionaire neighbor was easy for young Emma Copeland. Despite the vast differences between them, and a past that's left Connor Sinclair reclusive and wary, Emma gambles her heart on a desire that rocks them both. But there's something Connor doesn't know: Emma is responsible for an accident that changed his life forever. Connor lives by rules intended to protect both him and his vast wealth. Emma's innocence is the only thing that's ever broken through his cold reserve, but now his trust is shattered. By the time he realizes how much he stands to lose, it might take a miracle to win her back. But it's a challenge he'll gladly face for the woman and the family he needs more than his next breath.

An Arizona Christmas

June 29, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2017
332 pages ; 22 cm
"Like most families, the Jensens gather together to celebrate the holidays. This year, since half the clan is scattered across the American West, they've decided to split the difference and meet up in Tucson. Matt and Luke will be there, for sure, and maybe Ace and Chance, too. That leaves Sally, Preacher, and Smoke Jensen, who've reserved three seats on a westbound stage to make sure they don't miss out on the festivities. What could possibly go wrong? Mother Nature is the first to strike, dusting up the trail with a sandstorm as blinding and deadly as any northern blizzard. Then comes an Apache ambush, forcing the passengers and drivers to seek shelter in a cave. Even if Smoke and Preacher manage to shoot their way out of this, they have another big surprise waiting -- a ruthless gang of outlaws after the cargo of cash on the stage, happy to slaughter anyone who tries to stop them. If the Jensens hope to save Christmas this year, they'll need to save their own lives first"--from author's web page.

Badlands

June 29, 2017
Lenhardt, Melissa, author.
New York : Redhook Books/Orbit, 2017.
402 pages ; 21 cm.
"Laura's worst fears have been realized: Kindle has been taken into custody and she is once again on the run. The noose awaits her in New York, but Laura is realizing that there are some things worse than death. Finally running out of places to hide, it may be time for Dr. Catherine Bennett to face her past"-- Provided by publisher.

The Jensen brand

June 27, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2017
vi, 342 pages ; 17 cm
After Smoke is injured in a shootout with some cow thieves, his wife, Sally, puts out a call for help to the entire Jensen clan, a force to be reckoned with ready to face down the deadliest of outlaws.

The widow Nash : a novel

June 21, 2017
Harrison, Jamie, 1960- author.
Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, [2017]
375 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"It is New York, 1904, and Dulcy Remfrey, despite an idiosyncratic, traveling childhood, faces the predictable life of a woman of the time. All that changes when her eccentric father returns from his expedition to Africa without any of the proceeds from the sale of a gold mine. It seems he's lost his mind along with the money, and Dulcy's obsessive ex-fiancé (and her father's business partner) insists she come to Seattle to decipher her father's cryptic notebooks, which may hold clues to the missing funds. When her father dies unexpectedly, taking the truth with him, Dulcy looks at her future, finds it unbearable, and somewhere in the northern Rockies disappears from the train bringing her father's body home. Is it possible to disappear from your old life and create another? Dulcy travels the West reading stories about her own death and finds a small Montana town where she's reborn as Mrs. Nash, a wealthy young widow, free from the burden of family. But her old life won't let go so easily, and soon her ex-fiance is on her trail, threatening the new life she is so eager to create. The Widow Nash is a riveting narrative, filled with a colorful cast of characters, timeless themes, and great set pieces. Europe in summer. New York in fall. Africa in winter. And the lively, unforgettable town of Livingston, Montana"-- Provided by publisher.

The saints of rattlesnake mountain

June 12, 2017
Waters, Don, 1974- author.
Reno, Nevada : University of Nevada Press, [2017]
206 pages ; 23 cm
Saints of rattlesnake mountain -- Last rites -- Espanola -- La luz de Jesus -- Deborah -- Two kinds of temples -- Day of the dead -- Full of days -- Todos santos.
Master storyteller Don Waters returns to the desert in his third book set in the American Southwest. These nine contemporary stories deftly explore the lives of characters losing or clinging to a fleeting faith and struggling to find something meaningful to believe in beneath overpowering desert skies.

A touch of frost

June 12, 2017
Goodman, Jo, 1953- author.
©2017
407 pages ; 17 cm
Includes excerpt from the author's The devil you know (pages 389-407).
After his train is robbed at gunpoint, Remington Frost awakens from a blow to find the bandits gone ... along with the woman he was shadowing for protection. No stranger to risk, Remington will do what it takes to bring Phoebe Apple to safety and her kidnappers to justice. But ransoming Phoebe is just the start of trouble ...

Powder burn

June 7, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2017
332 pages ; 17 cm.
"U.S. Deputy Marshal Will Tanner earned his badge the old-fashioned way. He shot the bad guys, saved the good guys, and won the fear and respect of everyone in between. That's how legends are born. But when he visits a friend at his ranch and ends up confronting a trigger-happy horse thief, Will earns the wrath of the deadliest, lowlife killers west of the Mississippi. This is how legends die . . . Turns out Will Tanner is nothing but a moving target on a blood-soaked trail of revenge. From a barroom shootout in Texas, to a Chickasaw showdown in Oklahoma, to a dangerous encounter with a hellion named Hannah, Deputy Marshal Tanner has his hands full, his finger on the trigger--and his life on the line"-- Provided by publisher.

Remington, 1894

June 7, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2017
315 pages ; 22 cm
After the Butch gang invades his ranch in Arizona Territory and kills his family, aging ex-Civil War sniper John McMasters sets out to take revenge on them in the only way he knows how--with his trusty Remington shotgun.

Hate thy neighbor

June 7, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2017
363 pages ; 17 cm.
"After a two-year drought, the Kerrigan ranch is dry as a bone and as dusty as a honky-tonk bible. On the brink of ruin, Kate Kerrigan hires the rainmaker Professor Somerset Lazarus, who promises salvation--in the form of a deluge. Kate is desperate enough to try anything. But when four angry gunmen show up, ready to lynch the phony rainmaker for swindling them out of their money, the Kerrigans have to choose sides fast--before the bullets start to fly. It doesn't take a divining rod to figure out that these unsatisfied customers want more than a refund. They have their sites set on the Kerrigan ranch. And it's just a matter of time until it's raining water or raining bullets. Either way, there will be blood"-- Provided by publisher.

Blood oath

May 31, 2017
Lenhardt, Melissa, author.
New York : Redhook, 2017.
359 pages ; 21 cm.
"Book 2 of the Sawbones series"--T.p.
"Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this nonstop sequel to Sawbones ... Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run -- from the Army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura's capture as their own. But the danger isn't just from those pursuing them. Laura and Kindle have demons of their own and a past that won't stay dead. Exhausted, scared, scarred and surrounded by enemies, neither realize the greatest danger is yet to come"-- Provided by publisher.

In the valley of the sun : a novel

May 30, 2017
Davidson, Andy, 1978- author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
376 pages ; 24 cm
"Deftly written and utterly addictive, this Western literary horror debut will find a home with fans of authors like Joe Hill, Cormac McCarthy, and Anne Rice. One night in 1980, a man becomes a monster. Haunted by his past, Travis Stillwell spends his nights searching out women in West Texas honky-tonks. What he does with them doesn't make him proud, just quiets the demons for a little while. But after Travis crosses paths one night with a mysterious pale-skinned girl, he wakes weak and bloodied in his cabover camper the next morning-with no sign of a girl, no memory of the night before. Annabelle Gaskin spies the camper parked behind her motel and offers the cowboy a few odd jobs to pay his board. Travis takes her up on the offer, if only to buy time, to lay low and heal. By day, he mends the old motel, insinuating himself into the lives of Annabelle and her ten-year-old son. By night, in the cave of his camper, he fights an unspeakable hunger. Before long, Annabelle and her boy come to realize that this strange cowboy is not what he seems. Half a state away, a grizzled Texas Ranger is hunting Travis for his past misdeeds, but what he finds will lead him to a revelation far more monstrous. A man of the law, he'll have to decide how far into the darkness he'll go for the sake of justice. When these lives converge on a dusty autumn night, an old evil will find new life-and new blood"-- Provided by publisher.

Dragon teeth : a novel

May 24, 2017
Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008, author.
©2017
295 pages : map ; 24 cm
Map on endpapers.
The year is 1876. Among the warring Indian tribes and lawless gold-rush towns of America's western territories, two paleontologists pillage the Wild West. They are hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled Yale student William Johnson. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, so he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. The struggle to protect this extraordinary treasure tests William's newfound resilience, and pits him against some of the West's most dangerous and notorious characters.

Peace in the valley : a novel

May 19, 2017
Herne, Ruth Logan, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : Multnomah, 2017.
341 pages ; 18 cm.
"In spite of past differences, Trey Walker Stafford would never forget how his uncle, a cowboy and rancher, adopted him and made him part of the family. He'd left the Double S Ranch to pursue music against Sam's wishes and returns discouraged about life and love after tragically losing his wife. Trey feels that he's living a lie, singing of love and happily-ever-afters while dealing with an emptiness within. Will sacrificing part of himself to help Sam fill the void? Or could it come from befriending the single mother who needs help with her farm? Can Trey find the "Peace in the Valley" he's sought for so long?"-- Provided by publisher.

Hunkpapa Sioux : a novel

May 9, 2017
DuMont, Richard L., author.
Livonia, Michigan : Gelan, an imprint of BHC Press, 2016.
184 pages ; 22 cm
"Set in the 1870s, this novel tells the story of John Holcumb, a sixteen year old who is half-white and half-Sioux. John feels out of place in Chicago, where he has lived ever since his father, Waukesha, died by the hands of white men. John decides to reconnect with his Native American relatives and his heritage. On his way, John will meet a rugged mountain man and together travel across the Great Plains in an adventure that will help John find his meaning and destiny." --Back cover.

Hell's half acre : Cold-blooded

May 4, 2017
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2015.
362 pages ; 17 cm
"Sheriff Jess Carey and his oddball band of sidekicks have pulled off the impossible, taming Hell's Half Acre, the most lawless town in Texas, infamous for murder, mayhem, prostitution, and every random act of bloodshed imaginable. Now the no-good politicians in Austin have decided it's cheaper to dump hordes of criminals on Jess Carey's town than hanging 'em. In one dreadful week it seems as if the gates of Hell have burst open. Freed outlaws, gunslingers, bandits, rapists, desperados, drifters, and miscreants are roaming Hell's Half Acre--and Jess and his deputies are running out of bullets fast. As the fighting rages, some ruthless, powerful men see their chance to kill Sheriff Jess Carey and take the town for their own..." --Back cover.

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