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To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrettby Mark Lee Gardner
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“So richly detailed, you can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles. ”
No outlaw typifies Americas mythic Wild West more than Billy the Kid. To Hell on a Fast Horse by Mark Lee Gardner is the riveting true tale of Sheriff Pat Garretts thrilling, break-neck chase in pursuit of the notorious bandit. David Dary calls To Hell on a Fast Horse, “A masterpiece,” and Robert M. Utley calls it, “Superb narrative history.” This is spellbinding historical adventure at its very best, recalling James Swansons New York Times bestseller Manhunt—about the search for Lincolns assassin, John Wilkes Booth—as it fills in with fascinating detail the story director Sam Peckinpah brought to the screen in his classic film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
The Old West was coming to an end.
Two legendary outlaws refused to go with it.
As leaders of the Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid executed the most daring bank and train robberies of their day. For several years at the end of the 1890s, the two friends, along with a revolving band of thieves, eluded law enforcement while stealing from the rich bankers and Eastern railroad corporations who exploited Western land until they rode headlong into the twentieth century.
In The Last Outlaws, Thom Hatch brings these memorable characters to life like never before. From their early holdup attempts to that fateful day in Bolivia, Hatch draws on a wealth of fresh research to go beyond the myth and provide a compelling new look at these legends of the Wild West.
Billy the Kid—a.k.a. Henry McCarty,Henry Antrim, and William Bonney—was a horse thief, cattle rustler, charismaticrogue, and cold-blooded killer. Asuperb shot, the Kid gunned down four mensingle-handedly and five others with the helpof cronies. Two of his victims were LincolnCounty, New Mexico, deputies killed duringthe Kids brazen daylight escape from thecourthouse jail on April 28, 1881.
For new sheriff Pat Garrett, an acquaintanceof Billys, the chase was on. . . .
As the first dual biography of the Kid andGarrett, To Hell on a Fast Horse re-createsthe thrilling manhunt for the Wild Westsmost iconic outlaw. Mark Lee Gardner digsbeneath the myth to take a fresh look at thesetwo men, their relationship, and their epicride to immortality.
About the Author
Mark Lee Gardner has written a broad range of books and articles on the American West, including a number of interpretive guides for the National Park Service on subjects ranging from George Custer to Geronimo. As a historian and consultant, he has worked with museums, historic sites, and humanities councils throughout the West. He has been a visiting professor in the Southwest Studies department at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He lives with his family in Cascade, Colorado.
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