New Arrivals · Western Fiction

March 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A sinister splendor

March 22, 2019
Blakely, Mike, author.
©2019
443 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A Mexican War novel"--Cover.
It's 1845. Texas joins the union and Mexico threatens war over the disputed Texas border. Meanwhile, expansionists dream of an America that sprawls all the way to the Pacific Coast. Can a conflict with an already war-torn Mexico satisfy this lust for territory? The Mexican-American War becomes the heroic proving ground for future Civil War generals and presidents of the United States, Mexico, and the Confederacy. But the glories of victory are tempered by the horrors of war--lives lost, bodies battered, souls shattered, dreams crushed, whole cities razed, and innocence forever dashed.

Stranglehold

March 21, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
363 pages ; 17 cm
At head of title: MacCallister.
"Here in America, life is full of surprises. Duff never expected to hear from his old friend Charles McGregor, his battalion commander from the Black Watch Regiment of Her Majesty's army. Turns out McGregor lives in New Mexico now. And he needs Duff's help. He's started a new life as the mayor of Antelope Wells--a mining town that's being targeted by a power-hungry madman Ebenezer Schofield, who wants to declare the whole area an independent principality--and himself as king. He's already squeezing taxes out of the local businesses and citizens. But no one has the guts to stop him. Because Parker's got his own private army of fifty uniformed men, six Mexican revolution cannons--and a traitor working on his side in the heart of Antelope Wells ..."--page 4 of cover.

Backlash

March 19, 2019
Jackson, Lisa, author.
©1989
506 pages ; 18 cm
Both titles comprising Backlash were originally published by Silhouette Books in 1989.
Aftermath -- Tender trap.
The ranch country of Montana is beautiful, unforgiving, and for Colton and Denver McLean, filled with a whole lot of bad memories. It's been seven years since a fire claimed their parents' lives and drove both brothers away. Now their uncle's death has brought them back to a place where loyalty and love runs deep-but so do grudges. Suspicion still swirls about what caused that tragic fire. It created a rift between Denver and the foreman's daughter, Tessa Kramer. Now Tessa hopes to buy the ranch, if Denver and Colton will agree to sell, but the property is beset by problems. A prized stallion disappears. Other horses start falling sick. Someone seems determined to disrupt-or destroy-the McLean family's legacy by any means necessary. And finding answers will turn this homecoming into a time of reckoning with enemies past and present.-- Publisher's description.

Roping the wrangler

March 6, 2019
Williams, Lacy.
©2018
292 pages ; 21 cm
Copyright © 2013, 2018 by Lacy Williams.
"Teacher Sarah Hansen has always wanted a family of her own. But a cowboy is the last man she'd consider--especially one who humiliated her in their childhood schoolroom. Oscar White is back in her life, and all grown up. He's different than she remembers but that doesn't mean she can trust him.When three motherless girls are shunned by the community, Sarah and Oscar are the ones who step up to take on their care. As they work together, Sarah discovers that Oscar isn't afraid of hardship--and that he makes quite a family man. Can the soft heart Sarah has been hiding tame the wrangler?"--Amazon website.

The cowboy's honor

February 27, 2019
Sandas, Amy.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2019.
406 pages ; 17 cm
Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
Courtney Adams never questioned the future her parents laid out for her...until the day she was to marry one of Boston's elite. Desperate, she flees the church in a flurry of bridal finery and trades her pearls for a train ticket to Montana--only to be mistaken for a surly cowboy's mail order bride! Dean Lawton doesn't want a wife--especially not some fancy Eastern lady he believes his brother "ordered" behind his back. Yet one mistake leads to another, and before the dust can settle, he finds himself married to a woman who challenges him at every step...and sets his wounded heart ablaze. But the clock is ticking on this marriage of inconvenience, and soon Dean must decide: convince Courtney to remain in his arms, or lose her light forever...

Cutthroats

February 12, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
347 pages ; 22 cm.
Lifetime outlaws Jimmy "Slash" Braddock and Melvin "Pecos Kid" Baker are ready to call it quits. When the younger members of their gang sell them out to the law, Slash and Pecos decide to pull one last job to finance a retirement far away from the long arm of the law; the target is a rancher's payroll train. When things go wrong their old enemy, wheelchair bound Marshal L C. Bledsoe will spare their life-- for a price. Hunt down and kill the Snake River Marauders-- Snake and Pecos's old gang.

Cities of gold : a journey across the American Southwest

February 5, 2019
Preston, Douglas J.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico, 1999.
480 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Presents the author's first-hand narrative account of his journey tracing the footsteps of Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's sixteenth century expedition across New Mexico.

The outlaw's mail order bride

January 28, 2019
Broday, Linda, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2019]
374 pages ; 18 cm

The Jackals

January 28, 2019
Johnstone, William W, author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
379 pages ; 18 cm.
The Jackals, a group of justice fighters brought together by fate, find themselves in possession of stolen property that belongs to the Hawkin gang and must prepare for a bloody showdown in order to earn five thousand dollars.

Trailblazer

January 14, 2019
Schmidt, Anna, 1943- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc, [2019]
364 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes.
With her family farm falling on hard times, Grace Rogers applies for a position with the prestigious Fred Harvey Company. Soon she's headed for Juniper, New Mexico to work in the Palace Hotel. There she meets a handsome cowboy who quickly turns her head. Too bad the Harvey Girls are forbidden to fall in love ... Nick Hopkins has a plan: buy a little land, marry, and raise a family--in that order. But after meeting Grace, he can't keep away. Their only choice is to marry in secret ... but between avoiding suspicion, family drama, and a rapidly changing Western frontier, can their love possibly survive?

A dangerous woman from nowhere : a novel

January 14, 2019
Radish, Kris, author.
©2017
265 pages ; 22 cm
"When her husband is kidnapped by ruthless gold miners, frontierwoman Briar Logan discovers that adventures of the heart are almost as dangerous as tracking down lawless killers. Desperate to save her husband and the solitary life they have carved out of the wilderness, Briar is forced to accept the help of a damaged young man and a notorious female horse trainer in her journey to find him. As they face whiskey runners, gold thieves, unpredictable elements and men who will stop at nothing to get what they want, the unlikely trio must forge an uncommon bond in order to survive."--Back cover.

Preacher's rage

December 27, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
vi, 312 pages ; 18 cm
"Pinnacle books."
"For the greatest trapper in the country, there's no place like the Rocky Mountains. Preacher and his son Hawk are riding the High Lonesome when the clear mountain air is split by a girl's savage screams. A gang of ruthless trappers has kidnapped a Crow woman, but before they escape with her, Preacher and Hawk burst out of the tree line, guns spitting fire. They drive the trappers off, only to find that she's not Crow, but white. Caroline has been raised by the Crow since childhood, the only people she's ever known. To get her home, Preacher and Hawk will have to blast their way off this mountain, gunning down kill-crazy trappers and merciless Blackfeet warriors"-- Provided by publisher.

The Black Hills

December 26, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
426 pages ; 17 cm
Hunter Buchanon and his rescued coyote are blamed for the death of the sheriff's deputy.

Heresy

December 14, 2018
Lenhardt, Melissa, author.
©2018
xii, 466 pages : map ; 21 cm
"Margaret Parker and Hattie LaCour never intended to turn outlaw. After being run off their ranch by a greedy cattleman, their family is left destitute. As women alone they have few choices: marriage, lying on their backs for money, or holding a gun. For Margaret and Hattie the choice is easy. With their small makeshift family, the gang pulls off a series of heists across the West. Though the newspapers refuse to give the female gang credit, their exploits don't go unnoticed. Pinkertons are on their trail, a rival male gang is determined to destroy them, and secrets among the group threaten to tear them apart. Now, Margaret and Hattie must find a way to protect their family, finish one last job, and avoid the hangman's noose."--Provided by publisher.

The range detectives

December 10, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
New York, NY : Pinnacle Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
380 pages ; 18 cm
A killer is on the loose in the Arizona Territory. One by one, Tonto Basin ranchers are being murdered for their livestock--and the Cattle Raisers Association has hired two range detectives to catch the culprit. From the looks of them, Stovepipe Stewart and Wilbur Coleman are just another pair of high plains drifters. But with their razor-sharp detective skills and rare talent for trouble, they're the last remaining hope for one young cowboy who's been arrested for the murders. Stovepipe and Wilbur believe the boy is innocent. In short order the trail of clues leads to a secret canyon hideout, and the duo find themselves in the middle of an all-out range war--with the dirtiest gang of cutthroats, thieves, and outlaws the West has ever known ... There's just one mystery left to solve: How will they get out of this alive?

Hard ride

December 7, 2018
Kelton, Elmer, author.
New York : Forge, 2018.
411 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
My gun is the law -- Sidesaddle sweetheart -- Rodeo clown -- Sense of duty -- She wolf of the brush country -- The bells of San Juan -- The lord sent an outlaw -- The moocher -- The unsilent partner -- The way of the wolf -- Wet weather -- When Happy lost his laughter -- Long ride, hard ride -- Sheep on the river.
Bandits, outlaws, romance, and adventure abound in Hard Ride, the second-ever collection of tales of the American West from renowned, seven-time Spur Award-winning author Elmer Kelton Each of Elmer Kelton's superb stories of the West showcase the strength and power western spirit. They are filled with marvelous characters--from a rodeo clown who seeks redemption via romance, to an outlaw who comes to the aid of ranchers with no other recourse to justice. Powerful Western women feature as importantly as the menfolk here, including a cattle buyer's daughter who can hold her own with any man on the trail, a renowned lady outlaw who rules her gang with her gun, and a judge's daughter who is determined to end local mob rule, as "the day of the gun is almost over." You will meet characters whose devotions and decisions enthrall you long after you put the book down. Imbued with an adventurous spirit, Hard Ride is filled with many heartfelt glimpses into the authentic experience of the American West. These stories encompass an enormous array of scenes from the early days of the Wild West into the twentieth century. Readers of all ages can enjoy these tales, each one filled with a passion for life that's as vast as the Texas prairie.

Torture of the mountain man

December 7, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
vi, 375 pages ; 17 cm.
"When Smoke Jensen is summoned to a small Texas town under siege by a scourge of kill-crazy bandits, volunteers line up to take out the Mountain Man. Being Smoke Jensen, he wouldn't have it any other way."--Publisher.

Wild justice

November 28, 2018
Estleman, Loren D., author.
©2018
224 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
In the spring of 1896, after thirty years spent dispensing justice in Montana, Judge Harlan Blackthorne expires, leaving Deputy U.S. Marshal Page Murdock, his most steadfast officer, to escort his remains across the continent by rail. The long journey is interrupted from time to time by station stops for the public to pay its respects, and for various marching bands to serenade the departed with his favorite ballad, "After the Ball." This gives Murdock plenty of opportunity to reflect upon the years of triumphs and tragedies he's seen firsthand, always in the interest of bringing justice to a wilderness that he, his fellow deputies, and the judge played so important a role in its settlement. As the funeral train chugs through prairie, over mountains, and across rivers once ruled by buffalo herds, Indian nations, trappers, cowboys, U.S. Cavalry, entrepreneurs, and outlaws representing every level of heroism, sacrifice, ambition, and vice, Wild Justice provides a capsule history of the American frontier from its untamed beginnings to a civilization balanced on the edge of a new and unpredictable century.

Wolves of Eden : a novel

November 26, 2018
McCarthy, Kevin, 1968- author.
©2019
352 pages ; 24 cm
"A saga of loyalty and survival in the vast, severe American West. Irish immigrant brothers Michael and Thomas O'Driscoll have returned from the brutal front lines of the Civil War. Unable to adapt to life as farm laborers, they reenlist in the army and are thrown into ferocious combat with Red Cloud's coalition of Indian tribes in the heart of Montana's Powder River Valley. Thomas finds love amidst the daily carnage--which leads to a moment of violence that will change the brothers' lives forever. Meanwhile, following a double murder in an illicit brothel, Lieutenant Martin Molloy sets off to track down the killers. As he journeys to a remote outpost, he meets Irish nationalist rebels and anti-immigrant nativists who prove to be violently opposed to his investigations. Wolves of Eden blends intimate historical detail and emotional acuity in a haunting narrative that explores timeless themes of morality, the resilience of the human spirit, and the injustice implicit in warfare"-- Provided by publisher.

A true cowboy Christmas

November 19, 2018
Crews, Caitlin, author.
©2018
337 pages ; 17 cm
"Gray Everett has a heart of gold but that doesn't mean he believes in the magic of Christmas. He's got plenty else to worry about this holiday season, what with keeping his cattle ranch in the family and out of the hands of hungry real-estate investors looking to make a down-and-dirty deal. That, plus being a parent to his motherless daughter, equals a man who will not rest until he achieves his mission. Now, all Gray needs is the help of his lifelong neighbor, who happens to have grown into a lovely, spirited woman. For Abby Douglas, the chance to join forces with Gray is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. Much as the down-to-earth farmer's daughter has tried to deny it, Abby's been in love with stern, smoking-hot Gray her whole life. So when Gray proposes a marriage of convenience as a way to save their land, Abby can't refuse. But how can she convince Gray that sometimes life offers a man a second chance for a reason, and that their growing trust and mutual passion may be leading to true and lasting love?" -- back cover.

Big bad cowboy

November 12, 2018
Bloom, Carly, author.
New York : Forever, 2018.
viii, 353 pages ; 18 cm.
Travis Blake, who returned to Big Verde, Texas, to care for his nephew and fix up the run-down family ranch so he can sell it, finds himself falling for Maggie Mackey, his landscaping competition, after an anonymous night with her.

Behind the iron : a Hank Fallon western

November 12, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
380 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from: Die by the gun.
"Hank Fallon knows what it's like to rot behind bars. To wallow in the filth of a rat-infested cell. To smell the pent-up rage of cutthroat killers and thieves. Fallon earned his freedom the hard way. He saved the lives of four guards, got released early, and became a detective. Then he went undercover, infiltrated a prison gang plotting to bust out--and barely made it out alive. Now they're sending him back. Behind the iron. Straight to hell. This time, it's the ninth circle known as Missouri State Penitentiary. His mission: get inside the infirmary, look for a pregnant inmate named Jess Harper, and find out where her bank-robbing boyfriend hid the stolen cash. Problem is: a rebellion is brewing among the prisoners. Their rage is burning out of control. An all-out savage riot is about to explode. And Fallon's head is on the chopping block."--Back cover.

A High Sierra Christmas

November 12, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
vi, 426 pages ; 18 cm.
In order to return to Reno for Christmas, Smoke Jensen and his family take a risky trip through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but when a bizzard traps them with a would-be bank robber, they must do whatever it takes to survive.

Right between the eyes

October 24, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2017
425 pages ; 17 cm
A lawman with a past. A gunman with a grudge. A blood-soaked massacre just waiting to happen. Welcome back to Rattlesnake Wells, Wyoming... In a wild frontier boomtown like Rattlesnake Wells, it's hard to know who to lock up, who to let out, and who to gun down. But as town marshal, it's Bob Hatfield's job to separate the sinners from the saints - or at least keep them from killing each other. Now there's a new boy in town. He's fresh out of prison. He swears he was wrongfully convicted of embezzling from his boss at the local mine. He wants to clear his name and reclaim the woman he loves. Hatfield wants to give the boy the benefit of the doubt. But when all hell starts to break loose--escalating from vicious saloon fights to violent shootouts - Bob knows there's more to the story than a little bad blood between townsfolk...Someone is gunning for him. Somewhere in Rattlesnake Wells, an enemy from Hatfield's past is waiting to make his move. And sometimes, there's only one way to deliver justice: right between the eyes...

Sawbones

October 23, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2017
379 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt from A high Sierra Christmas.
A Rebel doctor fighting for justice in the aftermath of the Civil War, Samuel Knight, with his home seized and his wife forced to marry another man, uses his thirst for revenge and his surgical precision to take back what belongs to him

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