New Arrivals · Western Fiction

May 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dark territory

May 16, 2019
McCauley, Terrence, author.
New York : Kensington Publishing, 2019.
331 pages ; 17 cm.
A rash of deadly train robberies has the chief investor of Dover Station feeling itchier than a quick draw without a target. And he wants Sheriff Aaron Mackey to scratch that itch with every bullet his battered badge authorizes him to shoot. When Mackey and his backup gun down four kill-crazy bandits, they uncover a plot cooked up by respected citizens of Dover Station.

Saving the mail order bride

April 30, 2019
Broday, Linda, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2019]
345 pages ; 17 cm.
"He may be a wanted man, but all outlaw Jack Bowdre ever desired was a second chance. Now he's on his way to jail, completely unaware that his unexpected--and unexpectedly beautiful--traveling companion is none other than Nora Kane: his mail order bride--Back cover.

Robert B. Parker's buckskin

April 26, 2019
Knott, Robert, 1954- author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
326 pages ; 24 cm.
"Itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch pursue a vicious killer in the grittiest entry yet of the New York Times-bestselling series. After marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch lay Appaloosa's sheriff to rest, an emerging handful of men eagerly vie for the deceased sheriff's vacant office. No sooner are various campaigns under way when gold is discovered in the foothills just outside of town, sending Appaloosa buzzing with excitement. With the strike, a slew of new problems develop for Cole and Hitch. Two shrewd mining factions and their hired gun hands square off over the claim. And on the eve of the new sheriff's appointment, a powerful snowstorm blankets Appaloosa. As the town braces for the severe weather, Cole and Hitch's problems multiply with the emergence of anonymous letters to the editor of the Appaloosa Star, leading the duo to a series of murders and the pursuit of a vicious serial killer"-- Provided by publisher.

Blood for blood

April 18, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2013
316 pages ; 17 cm.
"Sixkiller, U.S. marshal"--Cover
When he is hired by Judge Ephraim Doolittle to stop a killer from exacting revenge on both judge and jury, John Henry Sixkiller goes undercover in an outlaw haven run by an amoral woman, but then his target comes gunning for him.

Dig your own grave

April 18, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
330 pages ; 17 cm.
U.S. Marshal Will Tanner is outnumbered and outgunned when he sets out alone to capture a gang of six bank robbers led by the notorious Ansel McCoy, who has just broken out of prison.

Have brides, will travel

April 18, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
299 pages ; 22 cm.
"Bo Creel and Scratch Morton aren't the settling down types. They're lifelong drifters who keep one eye on the horizon, one finger on the trigger, and one foot out the door. Roaming the West is what keeps them young, or so Scratch tells Bo. But when they save the life of Cyrus Keegan--the owner of a matrimonial agency--they receive an unexpected proposal that's hard to resist. Keegan needs to deliver five mail order brides to a mining town in New Mexico Territory. All Scratch and Bo have to do is get these gals to the church on time--and alive if possible... For better or worse, they agree. The job seems easy enough--and the brides-to-be Cecilia, Beth, Luella, Rose, and Jean all need good husbands. But their prospects look bad when the journey to the altar includes Mexican banditos, scheming silver robbers, and one overbearing rancher who won't take no for an answer. Bo and Scratch promised to keep the ladies safe--and keep their hands to themselves--but it could be the last vow they'll ever make"--Dust jacket flap.

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.

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