New Arrivals · Western Fiction

September 14, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Peaceful Valley crime wave

September 13, 2019
Pronzini, Bill, author.
©2019
252 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
1914. Nothing much happens in Peaceful Valley, Montana ... and that's just how Sheriff Lucas Monk likes it. He hasn't had to resort to his fists or sidearm in years. Then the theft of a wooden cigar store Indian sets off a crime wave like nothing Lucas has ever seen. Teenager Charity Axthelm goes missing, and Reba Purvis's housekeeper is poisoned with cyanide Reba is sure was meant for her. It's not long before the first corpse shows up, and it's up to Monk to solve each of the crimes and restore the peace. -- adapted from jacket

Dead man walking

September 12, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2013
313 pages ; 17 cm
"Ignatius O'Reilly is famous for his beautifully crafted counterfeit money. John Henry Sixkiller is famous for hunting criminals into the most violent and dangerous worlds most lawman dare not go. Now, the Deputy U.S. Marshal is zeroing on O'Reilly in San Francisco, when the case blows up in his face. Instead of O'Reilly, Sixkiller finds a beautiful woman and a meddling Federal agent from the Secret Service. O'Reilly gets away and the hunt leads Sixkiller after the woman, the counterfeiter, and the Fed into the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains. There, a mining town is surrounded by armed men, people inside are dying of disease, and, as outlaws converge, the line between right and wrong disappears ... until Sixkiller takes out a gun and lays down the law--one bullet at a time."--Publisher.

Frontier America

September 12, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
376 pages ; 18 cm
As the father of a young Crow tribesman, Preacher would like nothing more than to see the long-time natives and newly arrived settlers live together in peace. Then the killing starts. As a family man and frontiersman, Jamie Ian MacCallister is more than happy to help the officers at Fort Kearny negotiate a peace treaty with the Crow nation. Until it all goes to hell. This is not the American dream they were looking for. This is a nightmare. A brutal, blood-drenched frontier war that two heroic men must fight and win-or one struggling nation will never come together. For liberty and justice for all.

Inland : a novel

August 8, 2019
Obreht, Téa, author.
New York : Random House, [2019]
374 pages ; 25 cm
"In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman, alone in a house abandoned by the men in her life--her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her two older sons, who have gone in search of their father after his return is delayed. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, a boy with a bad eye who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home, and a seventeen year old maid named Josie, her husband's cousin who communes with spirits. Lurie is the son of a dead dockworker, a former outlaw, and a man haunted by ghosts--he sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires an epic journey across the West. The way in which Nora and Lurie's stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel. Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland showcases all of Téa Obreht's talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the classical American genre of the Western, making it entirely--and unforgettably--her own"-- Provided by publisher.

Burning daylight

August 7, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
vi, 329 pages ; 17 cm
"Luke Jensen has seen some sorry looking bounties in his time, but this one takes the cake. A wanted poster is offering a reward of one dollar and forty-two cents--plus one busted harmonica--to capture Three-Fingered Jack McKinney. Turns out, McKinney's twelve-year-old son Aaron wants revenge on his daddy for abandoning him and his mom. The reward is all the money Aaron can scrape together. Luke can't say no to the poor boy--or his beautiful mother--so he agrees to go after McKinney and his bank-robbing gang. Good deeds, however, are like good intentions--the road to hell is paved with them. And when Aaron McKinney decides to tag along, it puts Luke in the middle of a father-and-son reunion that's life-or-death, blood-for-blood, and kill-or-be-killed."--Provided by publisher.

Hang them slowly

July 11, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2016
359 pages ; 17 cm
When they are caught in a range war between the Rafter M and Three Rivers, three men, all of whom are hiding their true identities, must come clean if they want to avoid being part of the rising body count.

A Jensen family Christmas

July 11, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
362 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: A High Sierra Christmas.
"Smoke Jensen looks forward to spending a quiet holiday with the family. But an unexpected arrival from south of the border has him reaching for his guns, defending his land and risking everything he loves. Sally Jensen strikes up a friendship with a lovely Mexican woman, who turns out to be married to the mysterious stranger plotting to steal her ranch. Ace and Chance prepare to fight a gang of outlaws trying to kill the man who raised them, but they're going to need the help of the father they never knew. Luke Jensen rescues three young children orphaned in a shootout, and heads home for a surprise reunion with children of his own. Preacher catches the eye of a beautiful and beguiling widow, but he can't decide if she wants to marry him, kill him, or both. Every Christmas season, the Jensens pray for peace on earth. But then, for the Jensen family, danger is just another holiday tradition. " --Amazon.

Riding shotgun

July 11, 2019
Johnstone, William W., author.
©2019
345 pages ; 17 cm
Red Ryan must protect the passengers, including an army major's beautiful but stubborn wife, on a stage bound from Fort Concho, Texas, to Fort Bliss, as they face bloodthirsty Apaches who are on the warpath.

aSisŭt'ŏsŭ pŭradŏsŭ = The Sisters brothers

July 8, 2019
deWitt, Patrick, 1975- author.
Kyŏnggi-do P'aju-si : Munhak Tongne, 2019.
366 pages ; 21 cm
Translated from the English.
When a frontier baron known as the Commodore orders Charlie and Eli Sisters, his hired gunslingers, to track down and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm's claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.

Renegade

June 28, 2019
Schmidt, Anna, 1943- author.
©2019
376 pages ; 18 cm
Includes recipes.
"Lily Travis may be a Harvey Girl, but she's a rebel--and a romantic--at heart. Too bad her impulsive nature led her to marry a man who promised a life of ease and prosperity, only to disappear the very next day. She's kept her secret as best she can, and now she's convinced she'll never find true love...not even with the handsome local sheriff she can't get off her mind. Cody Daniels knows Lily isn't the right woman for a by-the-book lawman with political ambitions. She's brash, headstrong...and entirely too tempting. But when Lily's past catches up with her and the villain she married threatens everything she holds dear, Cody is determined to defend her honor and show her the future they could have together--no matter the consequences." --Provided by publisher.

Home at Chestnut Creek

June 25, 2019
Drake, Laura, 1954- author.
New York, NY : Forever, 2019.
603 pages ; 18 cm
"Two full books for the price of one"--cover
Home at Chestnut Creek / Laura Drake -- Wild cowboy ways / Carolyn Brown.
First rule of life on the run: never get attached. Nevada Sweet knows that better than anyone-it's just too dangerous to stay put. And until now, she's never wanted to. But she gets more than she bargained for when she walks into the Chestnut Creek Café looking for a job. Despite the protective wall she's built, her coworker Joseph has her imagining a life she isn't yet convinced she deserves... While Unforgiven, New Mexico has always been home, Joseph "Fishing Eagle" King still feels like an outsider-no matter how much he tries to give back to his Navajo community. Beneath Nevada's biting wit, he glimpses a similar vulnerability. Against all odds, Joseph finds himself falling for her, and it's clear she's not as unaffected as she pretends. When her past finally catches up with her, she'll have to decide whether to keep running, or fight for what's hers.

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

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