New Arrivals · Western Fiction

January 15, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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

Lone star Christmas

October 1, 2018
Fossen, Delores, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HQN Books, [2018]
379 pages ; 17 cm.
"Cattleman Callen Laramie has no intention of returning to his hometown of Coldwater, Texas, until a Christmas wedding and a family secret convince him he has no choice. And when he's reunited with his childhood crush, the girl who'd always been off-limits, Callen knows leaving might not be so easy this time. Shelby McCall is as pretty as a Christmas snowfall, and Callen wants to kiss her under the mistletoe…and the Christmas tree…and the stars. But once Shelby knows the whole truth behind this homecoming, will their holiday fling come to an abrupt end? Or will she accept the gift of his heart?"--Back cover.

A tall, dark cowboy Christmas

October 1, 2018
Yates, Maisey, author.
©2018
489 pages ; 17 cm
"Bonus story included!" -- Cover.
A tall, dark cowboy Christmas -- Snowed in with the cowboy.
With only a suitcase and a broken-down truck to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley aiming to confront her birth father, then leave by Christmas. Working at the Dodge ranch wasn't planned, nor was falling for Grant Dodge, the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off.

Promises decide

September 27, 2018
McCarty, Sarah. author.
©2018
310 pages ; 17 cm.
"As Jackson Montgomery heads home after collecting on a particularly difficult bounty, he's looking forward to a good meal, stiff drink, and maybe some female companionship. But when he sees signs of life in a house infamous for its second-rate construction, he can't resist taking a gander at who'd been fool enough to buy the disaster. He expects to find a tenderfoot for sure. He's not far off. Mimi Banfield thought she was done for when she fell into a well filled with rattlers, until a man shows up with the golden curls of an angel to rescue her. Jackson has all the survival skills she's missing and he's just the man to show her how to survive out West. As the newly minted guardian of three orphans, she could certainly use a hand. He seamlessly transitions into life with Mimi and the children, not knowing that she has a deadly secret. By the time she confesses, it may just be too late for salvation."--Page 4 of cover

Cowboy honor

September 25, 2018
Brown, Carolyn, 1948- author.
©2018
374 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes novella: O little town of Bramble / Katie Lane.
Includes a preview of Cowboy brave (pages [313]-317).
Cowboy honor / Carolyn Brown -- O little town of Bramble / Katie Lane.
"Plus, bonus story "O Little Town of Bramble" by Katie Lane! All Ethan Miller wants for Christmas is to celebrate in Bramble, Texas, with family and friends. But when his childhood neighbor comes home for the holiday, Ethan realizes that the girl-next-door could be the girl of his dreams."--Back cover.

Cowboy charm school

September 7, 2018
Brownley, Margaret, author.
©2018
370 pages ; 17 cm.
"Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom―notorious criminal Frank Foster―is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the wrong man. Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé's over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding―for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way."--Page 4 of cover.

Wind River lawman

August 24, 2018
McKenna, Lindsay, 1946-
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
312 pages ; 18 cm.
"After serving as a Navy medic, Dawson Callahan is back in the States and ready to start over. Leaving his native Texas, he heads for the wide open spaces of Wyoming, where he finds work as a wrangler. True, he'll mainly be wrangling chickens—and wrangling Sarah Carter's granny, who's still spry, but in need of a little caregiving. But ranch work is ranch work, and it's hard to turn down a job offer from the beautiful Sheriff Carter—especially when she deputizes him as one of her lawmen. Sarah loves her grandmother, but with her law enforcement career keeping her busy, they could both use some help from a strong, steady man. And policing Lincoln County has only gotten tougher since a merciless drug lord arrived in the area. When Sarah takes a bullet on the job, it's Dawson who comes to her rescue—and though they both thought they left war behind in Afghanistan, they'll do whatever it takes to protect what's theirs, even if it means facing down traumas they’ve buried for years. Because love isn’t for the faint of heart..."--Back cover.

Whiskey when we're dry

August 16, 2018
Larison, John, author.
©2018
387 pages ; 24 cm
Facing starvation and worse when she is orphaned on her family's 1885 homestead, seventeen-year-old sharpshooter Jessilyn Harney cuts off her hair and disguises herself as a boy to journey across the mountains in search of her outlaw brother.

Springfield 1880

August 14, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2018
364 pages ; 22 cm
Captain Jed Foster is more than a thief. He's a traitor. With a handful of murderous rogues, he's run off with four wagons containing new Springfield 1880 rifles, bayonets, and ammunition meant to resupply the troops at Fort Bowie in Arizona Territory. Foster plans to sell the weapons to the highest bidder whether it's Apaches, Mexican revolutionaries, or Confederate veterans who still dream of destroying the Union. But that's the least of Foster's problems. His junior officer, Lieutenant Grant Holden, is coming after him. If Holden can't bring the renegade to justice, he'll face court-martial for losing the wagons. If he's caught crossing the Mexican border, the U.S. Army will deny knowledge of the mission. Holden can't do it alone. With the help of an ornery ex-sergeant known as "Hard Rock" Masterson and fiery guerrilla fighter Soledad, the young lieutenant will have to face off with war chiefs, banditos, and cutthroat outlaws.

The edge of hell

August 13, 2018
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2014
312 pages ; 17 cm
A beautiful woman, a powerful Mexican rancher, and an exotic new breed of cattle come to John Slaughter's San Bernardino Valley ranch, along with the prospect of making a small fortune. While Slaughter's men are out keeping the peace in Tombstone, an act of betrayal turns up the heat under his own roof, and a killer is stalking Slaughter's wealthy Mexican guest. Indians suddenly savagely attack Slaughter's ranch, but it is only the first shot in a bigger, blazing Arizona bloodbath. The real enemy is coming next: armed to the teeth, driven by vengeance, and deep into a killing spree that only John Slaughter alone can stop. --Amazon.

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