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Friday, January 5, 2018


A good read

On Jeff Arnold’s West we have reviewed or discussed various Western books - biographies and novels, mostly. There are about 120 so far. Others will follow. I thought it might be helpful for readers to have easy access to the books, so they are listed below alphabetically with links, and you can always find the list, which I will update as new essays are posted, at the top of the sidebar on the right under aae WESTERN BOOKS.

A Frontier Doctor by Henry F Hoyt; autobiography.
A Man Called Horse by Dorothy M Johnson; short story.
Appaloosa by Robert B Parker; novel.
A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson; novel.
A Texas Cowboy by Charles A Siringo; autobiography.
Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts by Dan L Thrapp; biography.
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy; novel.
Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson; novel.
As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson; novel.
Bat Masterson: the man and the legend by Robert K DeArment; biography.
Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides; history.
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy; novel.
Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert B Parker; novel.
Brimstone by Robert B Parker; novel.
Buffalo Bill and His Wild West by Joseph G Rosa and Robin May; biography/history.
Bugles in the Afternoon by Ernest Haycox; novel.
Christmas in Absaroka County & Messenger by Craig Johnson; short stories.
Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy; novel.
Cloudy in the West by Elmer Kelton; novel.
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier; novel.
Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry; novel.
Coroner Creek by Luke Short; novel.
Crazy Horse: A Life by Larry McMurtry; biography.
Cuba Libre by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Dallas Stoudenmire: El Paso Marshal by Leon Metz; biography.
Dead Man’s Walk by Larry McMurtry; novel.
Deadwood by Pete Dexter; novel.
Dear Old Kit: the Historical Christopher Carson by Harvey Lewis Carter; biography.
Death Without Company by Craig Johnson; novel.
Debt of Honor by Luke Short; novel.
Desperadoes by Ron Hansen; novel.
Escape from Five Shadows by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Faillir être flingué by Céline Minard; novel.
Fiddlefoot by Luke Short; novel.
Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Flint by Louis L’Amour; novel.
Forty Lashes Less One by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Geronimo by Robert M Utley; biography.
Gunman’s Rhapsody by Robert B Parker; novel.
Gunsights by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Hard Money by Luke Short; novel.
Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson; novel.
Hombre by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Hondo by Louis L’Amour; novel.
I, Tom Horn by Will Henry (Henry Wilson Allen); novel.
Jesse James Was His Name by William A Settle; biography.
John Wesley Hardin: Dark Angel of Texas by Leon Metz; biography.
Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson; novel.
Killoe by Louis L’Amour; novel.
Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson; novel.
Law of the Desert Born by Louis L’Amour; graphic novel.
Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter by Tom Horn and John C Coble; autobiography.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry; novel.
Lucky Billy by John Vernon; novel.
Luke Short by Wayne Short; biography.
Monte Walsh by Jack Schaefer; novel.
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy; novel.
Pronto by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Raylan by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Rereading Frederick Jackson Turner, ed. John Mack Faragher; essays.
Resolution by Robert B Parker; novel.
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey; novel.
Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Roughing It by Mark Twain; autobiography.
Saddle by Starlight by Luke Short; novel.
Shalako by Louis L’Amour; novel.
Shane by Jack Schaefer; novel.
Showdown at Yellow Butte by Louis L’Amour; novel.
Silver Rock by Luke Short; novel.
Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson; novella.
Stage to Lordsburg by Ernest Haycox; short story.
Telling Western Stories by Richard W Etulain; literary criticism.
Ten Shoes Up by Gary L Stuart; novel.
Tennessee’s Partner by Bret Harte; novella.
The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid by John Aragon & Mary Walters; novel.
The Apache Kid by Will Henry; novel.
The Bounty Hunters by Elmore Leonard; novel.
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane; short story.
The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson; novel.
The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy; novel.
The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson; novel.
The Earp Brothers of Tombstone by Frank Waters; biography.
The Friends of Pancho Villa by James Carlos Blake; novel.
The Furies by Niven Busch; novel.
The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco; novel.
The Gunfighter by Joseph G Rosa; history.
The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout; novel.
The Law at Randado by Elmore Leonard; novel.
The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill by Don Russell; biography.
The Lone Ranger, Volume 1: Now and Forever by Sergio Cariello and writer Brett Matthews; comic book.
The Lone Ranger, Volume 2: Lines Not Crossed by Sergio Cariello and writer Brett Matthews; comic book.
The Mammoth Book of Westerns, ed. Jon E Lewis; short stories.
The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte; novella.
The Philosophy of the Western, ed. Jennifer L McMahon & Steve Csaki; philosophy.
The Shootist by Glendon Swarthout; novel.
The Significance of the Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner; history.
The Son by Philipp Meyer; novel.
The Spoilers by Rex Beach; novel.
The Valles Caldera by Gary L Stuart; novel.
The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales by Forrest Carter; novel.
The Virginian by Owen Wister; novel.
They Called Him Wild Bill by Joseph G Rosa; biography.
Three Bad Men by Scott Nollen Allen; biography (of John Ford, John Wayne and Ward Bond).
Twelve Peers by Max Brand; novella.
Vengeance Valley by Luke Short; novel.
Warlock by Oakley Hall ; novel.
Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal by Stuart N Lake; biography.
Wyatt Earp: the life behind the legend by Casey Tefertiller; biography.




  1. I have a big box of western novels in my attic, mostly bought by me c. the late 1950s. From time to time I feel the need to pull one out and read (or even re-read) it. There can be something very satisfying about reading a good western novel (a bit like watching a western film and yet a quite different experience). Elmore Leonard, Ernest Haycox, Max Brand, Luke Short, Louis L'Amour and many lesser-known names - all worth reading.
    Enjoyed your list, Jeff.

    1. I too have a big pile of Western books which I re-read from time to time. Elmore Leonards and Luke Shorts are my favorites!

  2. Hi Jeff
    Another good read is 'Skeletons' by Swarthout: sort of a modern crime novel situated in a typîcal western town, with flashbacks to the past in the 19th century.
    I always liked this one.