Synopses & Reviews
“So richly detailed, you can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles. ”
—Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers
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.
“Incredibly deep research combines with the talents of a fine historian and writer to produce superb narrative history. The true character and relationship of these two iconic westerners emerge to suppress myth and correct more than a century of tomes laden with bad history.” Robert M. Utley
“As gripping as any thriller.” Library Journal
“Digging beneath the myths and melodrama, [Gardner] begins in Las Vegas during Christmas week, 1880, when the capture and confinement of Billy the Kid made national headlines... Gardners extensive research and authoritative approach ground this compelling historical recreation.” Publishers Weekly
“The double-helix relationship between Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett is one of the abiding fascinations of the West. No one has come closer than Mark Lee Gardner to capturing their twin destinies and their inevitable final collision....you can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles. ” Hampton Sides, author of the New York Times bestsellers Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers
“A masterpiece! Mark Gardners dual biography of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett cuts through the myth to tell the real story of two real figures in the Wild West. Gardners scholarship is superb. This work can only be called a classic.” David Dary
“Butch and Sundance…continue to beguile us. The author is expert in patching together what is known about these furtive characters.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Extremely well written…a must read for any fan of the Old West and the outlaw life.”—Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)
“Mr. Hatch [is] an accomplished historian with a journalists eye and a novelists touch.”—The Washington Times
“Hatch achieves what most historical writers fail at, engaging their readers while giving a full-untainted history.”—Latinos Post
“While not the first or likely the last book to chronicle the colorful lives of outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Hatch has potentially written the most authoritative. Drawing from an impressive number of sources, Hatchs multidimensional study of two of the Wild Wests most famous criminals and their compatriots strives for accuracy without sacrificing entertainment value…An immersive and entertaining study.”—Publishers Weekly
So richly detailed, you can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles.
Hampton Sides, New York Times
author of Ghost Soldiers
No outlaw typifies America s 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 Garrett s 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 Swanson s New York Times bestseller Manhunt about the search for Lincoln s 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.
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.
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.
About the Author
Mark Lee Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse, the story of Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett. An authority on the American West, Gardner has appeared on PBS's American Experience, ABC's World News, the History Channel, Encore Westerns, NPR's All Things Considered, and BBC Radio. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, American Heritage, Wild West, American Cowboy, and New Mexico magazine. Gardner lives with his family in Cascade, Colorado.