To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West

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“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 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.

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“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 Gardner’s 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. Gardner’s scholarship is superb. This work can only be called a classic.” (David Dary)

“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)

“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... Gardner’s extensive research and authoritative approach ground this compelling historical recreation.” (Publishers Weekly)

“As gripping as any thriller.” (Library Journal)

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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 Kid’s brazen daylight escape from thecourthouse jail on April 28, 1881.

For new sheriff Pat Garrett, an acquaintanceof Billy’s, 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 West’smost iconic outlaw. Mark Lee Gardner digsbeneath the myth to take a fresh look at thesetwo men, their relationship, and their epicride to immortality.

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