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A list of (mostly) hardcover books about the American West which received at least one starred review (indicating a work of unusual merit) from the following review sources: Booklist, Publisher's Weekly (PW), Kirkus, and Library Journal (LJ). Titles are listed alphabetically by author. Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine.
  • The Return of Little Big Man
    Author: Berger, Thomas
    Publisher: Little Brown List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0316098442
    starPWstarBookliststarLJ
    In the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling classic Little Big Man, the foremost chronicler of the American West, Jack Crabb, continues his fabulous adventures.
  • The Holy Road
    Author: Blake, Michael
    Publisher: Villard $ 24.95 ISBN: 0679448667
    starKirkus
    The sequel to the bestselling Dances With Wolves is the tragically heroic story of the Comanches' war to save their sacred lands. Lt. John Dunbar and his wife, Stands With a Fist, find their peaceful lives interrupted when the railroad--the white man's Holy Road--leads to violent confrontations with the Army.
  • The Stone Garden: The Epic Life of Billy the Kid
    Author: Brooks, Bill
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312875088
    starBooklist
  • Big Lonely
    Author: Brown, Sam
    Publisher: Walker List Price: $ 19.95 ISBN: 0802712347
    starBooklist
  • Moon of Bitter Cold
    Author: Chiaventone, Frederick J.
    Publisher: Forge $ 26.95 ISBN: 0765300931
    starKirkus
    In 1866, the war in the West, with its bloody collision of cultures, is increasing in tension and danger. As the U.S. Army builds ever more forts on the Great Plains, Red Cloud, a Lakota Sioux war leader, assembles more than 3,000 warriors to drive out the white man.
  • The Raven Mocker
    Author: Coldsmith, Don
    Publisher: U of Oklahoma $ 22.95 ISBN: 0806133163
    starBooklist
    Snakewater, the oldest Cherokee in her village, flees when she is accused of being the Raven Mocker, a feared creature of legend who steals the life-years of those who die young to ensure his own immortality. Her path takes her across the Mississippi to a surprising confrontation at the Elk-dog People's annual Sun Dance.
  • Tallgrass
    Author: Coldsmith, Don
    Publisher: Bantam List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553106325
    starLibrary Journal
  • Crofton's Fire
    Author: Coplin, Keith
    Publisher: Putnam $ 21.95 ISBN: 0399151125
    starKirkusstarBooklist
    A highly original first novel, in which a green second lieutenant barely escapes Little Bighorn - only to find that his life's adventures have just begun.
    Updated 11.25.03
  • Gabriel's Story
    Author: Durham, David Anthony
    Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385498144
    starPWstarBookliststarKirkus
    In this literary debut, Durham recounts the adventures and trials of a black pioneer family in the late 1870s. At the center of the story is Gabriel, a young man who moves reluctantly from the urban North with his mother and younger brother to join his stepfather, a homesteader in Kansas. When he runs away to become a cowboy, his search for excitement brings trouble and danger.
  • Redeye: A Western
    Author: Edgerton, Clyde
    Publisher: Algonquin List Price: $ 17.95 ISBN: 1565120604
    starPW
  • Port Hazard: Page Murdock
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765301903
    starBooklist
    The latest tale of Page Murdock takes readers into a hell more decadent, corrupt and dangerous than even he has ever seen--San Francisco's Barbary Coast.
    Updated 11.25.03
  • The Master Executioner
    Author: Estleman, Loren D.
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312869703
    starKirkusstarPW
    Ordinary people do not understand hangman Oscar Stone or his motives. For more than a quarter of a century he has been a man peerless in his craft, the master executioner. One day a single piece of knowledge brings Oscar to a moment of devastating truth, and for the first time, he knows himself.
  • The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932
    Author: Fergus, Jim
    Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 1401300545 Date: 2005
    starPWstarBooklist
    From the award-winning author of
    One Thousand White Women comes a novel in the tradition of Little Big Man, tracing one man's search for adventures and the wild Apache girl who invites him into her world.
    Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Historical Fiction Stars
    Updated 4.22.05
  • The Gates of the Alamo
    Author: Harrigan, Stephen
    Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0679447172
    starPWstarKirkusstarLJ
    This full-scale novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo weaves in a love story between an American naturalist and a widow innkeeper who, along with her 16-year-old son, get swept up in the harrowing events of the heroic battle.
  • Holmes on the Range
    Author: Hockensmith, Steve
    Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312347804 Date: 2006
    starLJstarPW
    Somewhere due west of Deadwood, a pair of unlikely cowboy sleuths investigate murder just like their hero, Sherlock Holmes, who they come to know by scouring "Harper's Weekly" for the detective stories.
    Suggested Reading: Elementary Stars | Cross Genres
    Updated 11.7.05
  • Snow Mountain Passage
    Author: Houston, James Stewart
    Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375411038
    starKirkusstarPW
    From the author of Farewell to Manzanar comes a powerful retelling of the Donner story through the eyes of one member of the party and his eight-year-old daughter. Snow Mountain Passage is an extraordinary tale of pride and redemption, of the sheer endurance and bravery required in the creation of a new country, and of the thrilling early days of California.
  • American By Blood
    Author: Huebner, Andrew
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0684857707
    starBooklist
    Three U.S. Army scouts leading an infantry column arrive a day late to the battle of Little Bighorn to find the bloody ruins of Custer's troops. Their mission to clear the land of the Indian tribes then becomes one of vengeance, forever changing their sense of manhood, honor, and country.
  • Deadville
    Author: Jones, Robert F.
    Publisher: Dunne List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 031285642
    starBooklist
    The seventh novel by the acclaimed author of Buffalo Runners. 1833: Two young brothers strike out on a perilous journey into the untamed West, where Indians still reign as masters of the land. In search of riches, they instead find brutal hardship and heart-pounding adventure.
  • The Way of the Coyote
    Author: Kelton, Elmer
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312873182
    starPublishers WeeklystarBooklist
    The Civil War has ended and Union soldiers and federal officials have taken control of Texas as Rusty Shannon rides to his home on the Colorado River. This is the third novel in Elmer Kelton's brilliant series about the Texas Rangers, and in Rusty Shelton, he has created one of the most memorable characters in modern western fiction.
  • Badger Boy
    Author: Kelton, Elmer
    Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312873190
    starPW
    In the year following the Civil War, Rusty Shannon returns to the Red River, hoping to take up the life of a farmer. His youth as a captive of the Comanches returns to haunt him when, in pursuit of Indian raiders, he takes as prisoner Badger Boy, a white child taken from his murdered parents by a Comanche warrior.
  • Buckskin Line
    Author: Kelton, Elmer
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312865228
    starBooklist
    From a six-time Spur Award winner comes the story of a Texas Ranger who carries heavy burdens. The father and brother of the woman he loves have been lynched, and he is fated to meet the Comanche warrior whose band killed his family.
  • Liar's Moon: A Long Story
    Author: Kimball, Philip
    Publisher: Henry Holt List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0805061487
    starPW
    Spanning the years immediately before the Civil War through those immediately following Wounded Knee, Liar's Moon presents a subversive retelling of the story of the American West.
  • The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories
    Author: Leonard, Elmore
    Publisher: Delacorte List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385323867
    starKirkus
    Etching a harsh, haunting landscape with razor-sharp prose, Elmore Leonard shows in these 19 brilliant stories why he has become the American poet laureate of the desperate and the bold.
  • Gun Fight
    Author: Matheson, Richard
    Publisher: Evans List Price: $ 16.95 ISBN: 0871317265
    starBooklist
  • Comanche Moon
    McMurtry, Larry
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $ 28.50 ISBN: 0684807548 Date: 1997
    starLJ
    At last - in this huge and magnificent addition to one of the epic masterpieces of our time - Larry McMurtry takes readers from the end of Dead Man's Walk to the beginning of Lonesome Dove, filling in the most fascinating years of Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call's lives, when the Rangers fought and won the Comanche wars.
  • The Wandering Hill: A Novel
    Author: McMurtry, Larry
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26 ISBN: 0743233034
    starBooklist
    The sensational Pulitzer Prize-winning author delivers the second thrilling book in the Berrybender Narratives--The Wandering Hill is Larry McMurtry at his best. He spins an epic American adventure of the Old West that succeeds the bestselling Sin Killer and stands beside Lonesome Dove in breadth, passion, and authenticity.
    Updated 3.31.03
  • Bucking the Tiger
    Author: Olds, Bruce
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 23 ISBN: 0374117276
    starKirkusstarLibrary Journal
    Evoking Doc Holliday's checkered careers as a frontier dentist, itinerant saloon gambler, professional faro dealer, and occasional shootist (including his involvement in the fabled gunfight at the OK Corral), Bucking the Tiger displaces the popular image of the Latin-spouting serial killer with the reality of a self-afflicted human being.
    Updated 8/24/01
  • Gunman's Rhapsody
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 22.95 ISBN: 0399147624
    starKirkus
    This muscular yet sensitive take on the story of Wyatt Earp, the legendary late-19th-century lawman, is filled with all the danger and uncertainty of the Old West and set against the backdrop of his real-life romance with showgirl Josie Marcus. A novel of the Old West, imagined as only Robert B. Parker can.
  • Appaloosa
    Author: Parker, Robert B.
    Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152776 Date: 2005
    starKirkusstarPWstarLJ
    When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa, they find a small, dusty town suffering at the hands of renegade rancher Randall Bragg, a man who has taken supplies, horses, and women for his own and left the city marshal and a deputy for dead. In Bragg they find an unusually wily adversary who raises the stakes by playing with emotions.
    Suggested Reading: All Stars
    Updated 3.28.05
  • Single Tree
    Author: Svee, Gary D.
    Publisher: Walker List Price: $ 19.95 ISBN: 0802741428
    starBooklist
  • Incident at Twenty Mile
    Author: Trevanian
    Publisher: St Martins List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312192339
    starKirkus
    The author of such bestsellers as The Eiger Sanction and Shibumi returns with a brilliant foray into a new genre. Set at the turn of the last century, Incident at Twenty Mile tells a compellingly dark and dirty story of the Old West, but packed with all the chills, thrills, and improbable coincidences readers love.
  • The Last Crossing
    Author: Vanderhaeghe, Guy
    Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 087113912x
    starKirkus
    A #1 bestseller in Canada, The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale of breathtaking quests, adventurous detours and hard-won redemption which takes us on a journey from Oxford to the dusty whiskey trading posts of the 19th century American and Canadian west. - Publisher Marketing.
    Updated 11.12.03
  • Westward: A Fictional History of the American West
    Author: Walker, Dale L. (ed)
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765304511
    starKirkus
    In Westward, the history of the Old American West unfolds in 28 original stories written especially for this unique collection commemorating the 50th anniversary of Western Writers of America, Inc.
    Updated 4.7.03
  • Downriver
    Author: Wheeler, Richard S.
    Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312878451
    starPW
    At the trapper's rendezvous in Wyoming in 1838, Barnaby Skye, seaman-deserter from the Royal Navy, is offered an opportunity to become a post trader in his Crow Indian wife's homeland. He begins the journey to St. Louis to present himself as a candidate for the job and undergoes a lesson in survival on a Missouri River steamboat.

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