Are you ready to fall into a good book? Check out our weekly reading lists, inspired by this list from Bookish. To keep you motivated, we’ll feature one of the categories each week in the e-newsletter along with suggestions from our collection. Happy Reading!
The Ballad of Black Bart by Loren D. Estleman
Between July 1875 and November 1883, a single outlaw robbed the stagecoaches of Wells Fargo in California’s Mother Lode country a record of twenty-eight times. Armed with an unloaded shotgun, walking to and from the scenes of the robberies, often for hundreds of miles, and leaving poems behind, the infamous Black Bart was fiercely hunted. Between robberies, Black Bart was known as Charles E. Bolton, a distinguished, middle-aged man who enjoyed San Francisco’s entertainments in the company of socialites drawn to his quiet, temperate good nature and upper-class tastes. Meanwhile, James B. Hume, Wells Fargo’s legendary chief of detectives, made Bart’s apprehension a matter of personal as well as professional interest.
The High Divide by Lin Enger
In 1886, Gretta Pope wakes one morning to discover that her husband is gone. Ulysses Pope has left his family behind on the far edge of Minnesota’s western prairie with only the briefest of notes and no explanation for why he left or where he’s headed. It doesn’t take long for Gretta’s young sons, Eli and Danny, to set off after him, following the scant clues they can find, jumping trains to get where they need to go, and ending up in the rugged badlands of Montana. Gretta has no choice but to search for her sons and her husband, leading her to the doorstep of a woman who seems intent on making Ulysses her own. Meanwhile, the boys find that the closer they come to Ulysses’ trail, the greater the perils that confront them, until each is faced with a choice about whom he will defend, and who he will become.
The Venetta of Felipe Espinosa by Adam James Jones
The year was 1863. As the Civil War raged and goldfields beckoned, a gunman stalked the territories on a mission to kill American settlers. He would elude governors and armies, bounty hunters and posses, until his demise at the climax of a fierce high-country manhunt. By then, Felipe Espinosa had claimed more than thirty lives to quietly become one of the nation’s first serial killers and foreign terrorists. A sweeping historical epic, The Vendetta of Felipe Espinosa is a saga of Confederate guerrillas, marauding Indians, a severe religious order, vigilante miners, and one migrant family looking for peace in a violent country.
The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurty
Traces the rich and varied friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Wildfire by Ralph Cotton
Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack is on the trail of a gang of bank robbers-a mission that has led him right into the path of a raging wildfire. As the pines around hiim go up in flames Burrack is determined to catch the murderous Cheyenne Kid and his gang and to recover the money they stole. But Burrack isn’t the only one with a case against the Kid.
Once a Lawman by Peter Brandvold
A former Pinkerton detective, Sheriff Ben Stillman races against time to find a killer after a courtesan and her most recent client turn up dead with their throats slit, and the frightened citizens of Clantick in the Montana Territory demand action or they will take the law into their own hands.