A murderous mountain man and his two devilish daughters are on the rampage up in the foothills of the Rockies. The beguiling beauties act as bait for unsuspecting prospectors, then the whole family—including their pet wolf—pulls an ambush.
U.S. Marshal Custis Long teams up with a sexy female marshal and her tracker uncle to find the hellcats. Now he just has to marshal his defenses against their feminine wiles long enough to bring these wild women to justice…
Longarm has a new mission. Ride to Crooked Lance. Pick up Cotton Younger, killer cousin of Jesse James, from the town jail. Bring him to trial. It should be easy. Except for one thing: Deputy Kincaid has already tried it. And Deputy Kincaid is nowhere to be found. Nobody at Crooked Lance wants Longarm to do his job—not the beautiful widow woman, or the Federal Agent, or the James gang—but Longarm never gives up when he has work to do. Even if it kills him…
LONGARM ON THE BORDER
The Mexicans claim it’s a Texas town. The Texans say it’s Mex. Los Perros. A tough, old cow-camp of border-jumpers and price-tagged rustlers—with a “hanging” sheriff of flexible sympathies. The Feds want it cleaned up, the cattle thieves flushed out, the vanished lawmen found. Only one man can do it…
Cormac McCarthy's masterwork, Blood Meridian, chronicles the brutal world of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the mid-nineteenth century. Its wounded hero, the teenage Kid, must confront the extraordinary violence of the Glanton gang, a murderous cadre on an official mission to scalp Indians and sell those scalps. Loosely based on fact, the novel represents a genius vision of the historical West, one so fiercely realized that since its initial publication in 1985 the canon of American literature has welcomed Blood Meridian to its shelf.
"A classic American novel of regeneration through violence," declares Michael Herr. "McCarthy can only be compared to our greatest writers."
From the Hardcover edition.
The folks in Saint Angelique, Louisiana, have a good laugh when some know-it-all kid shows up, demanding directions to Bayou Noir, where, legend has it, pirate Jean Lafitte buried his treasure. The fortune-hunter is Matthew Chadwick, son of none other than the Louisiana senator—who’s sent Longarm down to find him.
The boy’s pretty cousin Natalie is worried about him too—and insists on joining Longarm. Now the lawman’s got to sludge through the sticky marsh, steer clear of Cajun bullets—and protect a luscious treasure worth more than some make-believe loot...
LONGARM AND THE HIGHGRADERS
Somebody’s stealing the highgrade ore from the Murietta Mining Company, and it’s up to Longarm to get it back. But the legendary lawman’s about to discover all that glitters is not gold—especially when it comes to a golden-haired lady rancher with a few plans of her own.
LONGARM AND THE NESTERS
At Jayhawk Junction, Kansas, a quarrel bursts into a full-scale range war between cowmen and “nesters”—the foreign farmers fencing in the wild prairie. When Longarm steps in to broker the peace, he gets tangled up with murder, greed, and a beautiful Czarist spy.
Chugwater, Wyoming is being run by the small, deadly fist of The Dwarf House Saloon. And with the mayor out of the picture, there’s just five days before its miniature, murdering proprietor makes bail and owns the town. U.S. Marshal Custis Long’s assignment is to hunt down and drag back the star witness—a showgirl—to sing her tune to the jury and keep him behind bars where he belongs. But with a two-thousand-dollar bounty on her head and the dwarf’s toughies behind every butte, Longarm’s got to move quickly and aim fast, or they’ll soon be dancing on the wrong side of the sod…
Craig Johnson's The Highwayman and An Obvious Fact are now available from Viking.
Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr and Robert B. Parker will love this outstanding first novel, in which New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson introduces Sheriff Walt Longmire of Wyoming’s Absaroka County. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, and full of memorable characters. After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire’s hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle.
With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.
U.S. Deputy Marshal Custis Long is practically vacationing at government expense in Grandview, Nevada, awaiting orders. But there’s no decent whiskey and, although “grass widow” Letitia Heinrix has elevated the quality of his stay, Longarm is saddle-sore from her ardor. So he’s ready to hit the trail. Then a telegram warns that a kidnapper named “Blackbeard” will be yo-ho-ho-ing into town.
Gloria Ames’s six-year-old brother was kidnapped and her family destroyed by this modern version of the notorious pirate of old. But she has no information to offer and claims she’s sworn to secrecy. In a town where she and Longarm are the only strangers, that leaves him with nothing to go on. This “Blackbeard” might as well be a phantom. But after a very real ambush, Longarm decides he’ll do more than shiver Blackbeard’s timbers. He’s going to treat him like treasure—and bury him…
Just when the West seems peaceful enough for Longarm to take a much needed respite, duty calls. Railroad baron, Clayton Abernathy, is laying down a railroad line in Wyoming, but someone in the town of Rimfire is making trouble for him. Wary of the greedy Clayton, Longarm must help—and Clayton’s daughter makes it worth his while.
Longarm befriends the brother and sister owners of Rimfire’s stagecoach line—the suspected saboteurs. But they’re being attacked too. Who are these masked bandits bent on ruining business and hindering progress? If Longarm can pull himself away from the succulent ladies on both ends of the dispute for long enough—he’s going to issue these outlaws a one-way ticket to hell…
Hard circumstances have made William Tell Sackett a drifter, but now he hungers for a place he can’t name yet knows he has to find. South of the Tetons he comes upon a ghost of a trail that leads him through a keyhole pass into a lonely, alien, yet beautiful valley—a valley that holds a fortune in gold.
Then he finds an even greater treasure: beautiful Ange Kerry, a courageous and resourceful woman. Yet the harsh ways it takes to preserve his claim and his life could be the one thing that drives Ange away forever.
Tracking an outlaw to Greenwood, Kansas, U.S. Deputy Marshal Custis Long finds the local homesteaders are living in terror of the Hell Riders—mounted marauders with strange costumes that seem to give them heads of flame….
Rancher Carlton Barstow is taking the heat for the raids, but he blames the Hell Riders for rustling his cattle. It’s up to Longarm to send the Hell Riders to their namesake, if he can escape the nets of a butterfly collector’s sizzling sister…
Hightailing to Trinidad, US Deputy Marshal Custis Long is in chilling pursuit of axe-murderer Quincy ‘Spook’ Lomax. Easy to spot in a crowd by his towering height and deadly-pale skin, this ghoul’s been filling up frontier graveyards for far too long. And Longarm’s got free rein to put this soulless slaughterer down—without trial.
Spanning one territory to the next, he’s rustling up Spook’s posse and making the deadly dogs talk. And the closer he gets, the more gruesome the trail becomes. Whichever way this showdown storms in, Longarm is damn sure to send one white-faced phantom back into the hell he came from…
LONGARM AND THE AVENGING ANGELS
The Avenging Angels cult has stolen her away. A young Mormon beauty who’d spurned their leader’s offer of “divine”—and multiple—marriage. Now, she’s hidden somewhere in the Great Salt Lake Desert—a captive of love. And Longarm is supposed to find her, in a cruel-faced land of merciless sun. Or forever hold his peace…
LONGARM AND THE WENDIGO
Wendigo, the Evil One, has climbed down from the sky to stalk the Montana reservation, leaving a trail of broken bodies in the prairie sun. Or so the Indians say. Federal Marshal Long has other ideas—about outlaws, crooked land schemes, and a fiery mixed-blood beauty named Two-Women who, Longarm discovers, is more than enough for one man to handle…
Tell Sackett and his bride, Ange, came to Arizona to build a home and start a family. But on Black Mesa something goes terribly wrong. Tell is ambushed and badly injured. When he finally manages to drag himself back to where he left Ange, she is gone. Desperate, cold, hungry, and with no way to defend himself, Tell is stalked like a wounded animal. Hiding from his attackers, his rage and frustration mounting, he tries to figure out who the men are, why they are trying to kill him, and what has happened to his wife. Discovering the truth will be risky. And when he finally does, it will be their turn to run.
When three Gatling guns are hijacked on their way to Fort Saber, the Army suspects a bronco band of Yaqui Indians from south of the Rio Grande. Teaming up with his old pal Lee Suggs, Longarm is sent across the border to locate the stolen guns, and dole out a little “unofficial justice.”
But in Mexico, the Yaqui are only one breed of outlaw. Even with the help of their beautiful Mexican guide, Longarm and Suggs come up against the meanest banditos north or south of the border. That includes the savages who stole the Gatling guns—and know how to use them…
A violent storm’s brewing in Indianola, but Custis Long isn’t paying much mind. Instead, he’s hoping to finally nab a hardcase he’s been chasing. And Longarm has other, more pleasurable plans with an old friend—the lusty, busty heiress Jessica Starbuck…
Meanwhile, the squall turns into a deadly flood—and an armed French dandy manages to kidnap Jessica for ransom. Now Longarm will have to keep his head above water if he wants to save his life—and an heiress’s hide…
After U.S. Deputy Marshal Custis Long blasts a killer to hell in an epic gunfight, he seeks respite in Hell’s Half Acre. Notorious beyond its size, Fort Worth’s “Acre” features bullet-riddled corpses and scores of barely dressed women, drunks, gamblers, tinhorns, outlaws, cowboys and tradesmen. What better place for a marshal to vacation?
But, sooner than later, the bad guys in Hell’s Half Acre need reminding that there’s no rest for the wicked—or for the lawman known as Longarm who blows them to blazes.
Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and a paperback of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, the young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of twenty-four veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters that accompanied them.
The photograph—along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement—hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.
Murder is not a federal crime—and therefore none of U.S. Marshal Custis Long’s business. Officially, that is...
But when the town barber is killed for a measly bag of quarters, Longarm goes after the man who did it all the same. The official story: Longarm suspects Karl Hix of stealing a sack of mail. Just enough of an excuse to track the lowly scum through every big city and hobo settlement in Colorado. And he’s getting reacquainted with some friendly faces along the way...
LONGARM IN THE INDIAN NATION
Bank robbery and murder bring Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long to the lawless borders of Oklahoma, where he takes on wild-spirited Indians, ruthless cattle rustlers, gold-grubbing Indian agents, cold-blooded gunslingers—and a beautiful bounty hunter.
LONGARM AND THE LOGGERS
Whipsaw is a timber camp in boom-time Nevada, thick with brawny loggers, cardsharps, and ruby-lipped fancy women. It’s a town ruled by the lumber barons with their own private brand of justice. Until Longarm arrives—aiming to make big changes, with a little help from a gorgeous gunslinging gambler.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.
In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.
Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.
Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long is just minding his own business when he rides into a town surrounded. The local lawman explains that the townsfolk lynched an innocent man, the son of a powerful rancher. Now the rancher has vowed to burn the town to the ground and kill every man, woman, and child in it.
Longarm’s got a town to save—and a lonely widow to comfort. He rode into this mess on his own and he’ll get out of it on his own, by facing down the rancher, mano a mano.
Longarm would be on the job in Arizona—if he hadn’t found a wealthy heiress left for dead in Denver. After nursing Delia Hamilton back to health, not to mention killing the man who did her wrong, Longarm is offered her hand in marriage.
But when another deputy disappears in Arizona, he puts aside his champagne wishes for the call of duty—and renews his vows to Lady Justice…
Up in the Owl Creek Mountains, Wyoming Territory, lies a wretched place the Indians call Valley of Skulls. Settlers there have had a whole heap of bad luck—including a posse of hooded killers—which is why U.S. Marshal Custis Long’s stepping in...
On the way, Longarm’s kept company with the local agent’s curvy sister, whose prudish dress belies a burning desire. But once they reach the valley, it’s all business—a bloody business. Because now Longarm’s to-do list includes taking a slimy rancher down a peg and finding this elusive, faceless posse—before they find him…
Craig Johnson's The Highwayman and An Obvious Fact are now available from Viking.
Junkyard Dogs, the sixth installment in the New York Times bestselling Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit Netflix original drama series, takes us to Durant, Wyoming. It's a volatile new economy in Durant when the owners of a multimillion-dollar development of ranchettes want to get rid of the adjacent Stewart junkyard. Meeting the notorious Stewart clan is an adventure unto itself, and when conflict erupts—and someone ends up dead—Sheriff Walt Longmire, his lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, and deputies Santiago Saizarbitoria and Victoria Moretti find themselves in a small town that feels more and more like a high-plains pressure cooker.The hilarious and suspenseful sixth book in the Longmire series from The New York Times bestselling author of Hell Is Empty and As the Crow Flies finds our sheriff up to his badge in the darker aspects of human nature, making his way through the case with a combination of love, laughs, and derelict automobiles.
Some dame with expensive tastes and many names has left no tracks, but she has left a pattern. Seems she shacks up with rich hombres, then takes off with lotsa loot—and it’s up to Longarm to find her. But when he catches up with the mysterious lady, Longarm hears her side of the story. And when a scuffle with a posse leaves men dead, he finds himself owing her his life. But the poor bastards’ uncle, an undertaker, ain’t happy—and hopes Slocum and his woman wind up as his next clients...
When Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long turns the tables on a band of stagecoach bandits, he does more than just save the day. After blasting one of the badmen, he discovers a map of Nevada Territory showing a remote area circled—Zamora.
Haunted by the feeling that the bandits are headed to the ghost town of Zamora, Custis feels duty-bound to hunt them down. But Zamora is no hole-in-the-wall hideout—it’s a heavenly haven for the lawless ruled by one of the most powerful, brilliant, and beautiful women in the West...A woman whose personal army will fight to the death for her… A woman whom Longarm will have to face, up close and personal…
Longarm thinks the ten-year-old stealing food in the mercantile store is just a scared kid—until his knife and quick reflexes damn near send the deputy marshal to the happy hunting ground. And when a proper widow unexpectedly comes to the boy’s defense, Longarm finds himself blindsided in more ways than one. But when he learns the boy’s mother and sister have been kidnapped by outlaws planning a big score, Longarm will do anything to get the family back together—no matter who he has to plant on Boot Hill.
They burned her home.
They stole her brother and sister.
But vengeance is following.
Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.
Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into an alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust . . .
RED COUNTRY takes place in the same world as the First Law trilogy, Best Served Cold, andThe Heroes. This novel also represents the return of Logen Ninefingers, one of Abercrombie's most beloved characters.
First Law Trilogy
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings
Novels in the First Law world
Best Served Cold
Longarm heads out to Montazuma, New Mexico, where town authorities are dropping like flies. Without a mayor, marshal, or murder suspect, the town seems to have a curse on men of distinction—and with Vice President Arthur about to visit, it’s up to Longarm to put the kibosh on the killing.
Getting help from the dead marshal’s sweetheart, Longarm suspects the curse is nothing more than a vicious case of gold fever—and he’s got the cure right in his holsters...
When three train robbers turn up dead in a saloon, the finger points to none other than the Calgary Kid--a sinister, hard-drinking cuss who can draw a gun quick as lightning and shoot true as death. Longarm is on the case—but before he can get to the truth, he's kidnapped by the outlaw's lady friends. They make sure his hands are tied while someone else busts the kid out of the stir, someone wearing a badge, someone calling himself U.S. Deputy Marshall Custis Long.
THE RIDER OF LOST CREEK
THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY WAR
WEST OF DODGE (SHORT STORY)
MONUMENT ROCK (NOVELLA)
A GUN FOR KILKENNY (SHORT STORY)
Kilkenny wasn’t looking for trouble when he entered the Clifton House stage station, but trouble found him when a reckless youngster named Tetlow challenged him, drew his gun, and paid for it with his life.
Looking to escape a reputation that he never wanted, Lance Kilkenny settles in the lonely mountain country of Utah, planning to ranch a high, lush valley. But the past is on his trail. Jared Tetlow is a powerful rancher determined to run his vast herd on the limited grasslands there—whether he has to buy out the local ranchers, run them out, or kill them. He’ll cut down anyone who stands in his way, especially a man he already despises: the gunman named Kilkenny—the man who killed his son.
It could be said that Yesterday, Wyoming, is a one-horse town. It has exactly one general store, one café, one whorehouse…And the man who runs the oddly-named town, the mysterious Mr. Jiggs, likes it that way. Longarm’s in town—and incognito—investigating the murder of his old mentor, the town marshal. To crack this case, Longarm will have to figure out this riddle of a village. And with a killer on the loose, he’ll have to make sure he doesn’t become Yesterday’s news…
They are the daughters of Howard Diamond. Four sultry sirens with an appetite for outlaws and more ambition than their old man ever had. With a gang of gunslingers satisfying their every need, the Diamond Sisters have declared war on the citizens of Snakehead Gap, Colorado, claiming land that doesn’t belong to them.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long has successfully penetrated this nest of vipers, posing as a down-on-his-luck cowhand. But the warm welcome he receives from the sisters isn’t shared by the vicious—and suspicious—gunmen they employ…
In Ambush, Colorado, four men accused of murdering denizens of a local cat house are scheduled to be hanged. But the hangman’s daughter tells Longarm that one of the condemned didn’t do it. Seems he was too busy robbing stagecoaches with another group of hardcases.
To gain a stay of execution, the death row inmate must confess to the robberies and name his accomplices, but he’s not talking. Time is running out for both him and Longarm ‘cause a professional gunslinger is in town hoping to add the Deputy U.S. Marshal to his list of kills…
One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law–in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell–can contain.
As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives–McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.
No Country for Old Men is a triumph.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In the rock-breakers’ town of Happiness, folks call it like they see it. Of course when Longarm shows up near-frostbitten—with a nasty knife wound courtesy of the prisoner he’s lugging—he’d prefer to call it a canker in the devil’s backside. But when he finds two poor bastards swinging, the constable missing, a cryptic note, and hears strange screams in the attic, Longarm’s curious as a cat. And if, in his search, he’s gotta take a mattress dance lesson from the prettiest soiled dove around, well, it’s all in a day’s work. But this gal has a warning: here, nosy men have a way of ending up none too happy…
Felix Gaunt, with an impressively long criminal record, should have known better than to play dirty with the law. After Gaunt makes the mistake of shooting a federal employee, he has Marshal Custis Long breathing down his neck from Wichita to Fort Worth.
But then a contest seeking the fastest draw and best shot in the West lures both men to enter. Longarm will have to dispatch a few other contestants along the way, but he’s got his eyes set on the grand prize—Felix Gaunt in a pine box.
A ruthless killer, bribe-taker, and quick-draw now wears the badge in Buffalo Falls, Wyoming, and Longarm’s been tasked with toppling him and his fast-growing empire. But he’s not alone. Accompanying him is Adeline Hudson, the prettiest straight-shooter he’s ever met. The corrupt marshal killed her father—and she’s seeking sweet revenge. Until then, she’ll serve as Longarm’s trail guide, sawbones, friend, gunslinger—and, if he’s lucky, bedroll companion…
Custis Long was just doing his duty when he rescued Lizzy Holden from a mugging. In gratitude, she entices him with everything she has to offer, including a partnership in her family’s cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains on a stretch of land purported to be rich in gold—provided he gives up the badge and agrees to get hitched.
But even if Longarm retires, he won’t give up his gun. Because a vicious bounty hunter has his own claim on Lizzy and her gold—and he’s not about to let Longarm, with or without a badge, stand in his way…
After some Arizona Rangers and U.S. marshals are bushwhacked while looking for a stolen cache of gold, it’s Longarm’s turn to ride down to the border town of Holy Defiance to find the killers and the loot.
At his side is the heavenly Haven Delacroix, a pretty Pinkerton agent who is Longarm’s match in more ways than one. The Pinkertons always get their man—and Haven is no exception. As they tangle with banditos, Apaches, and a wealthy ranch owner and his wild wife, Longarm and Haven are in for a hell of a ride…
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A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out, crawling at first, across hundreds of miles of uncharted American frontier. Based on a true story, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
When Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long is dispatched down Pecos way to put a stop to some stagecoach robbers, he finds himself facing down a ruthless businessman who’s not above cold-blooded murder. No sooner is Longarm enjoying the charms of a local señorita than the businessman’s hired guns ambush him.
Local law Manny Frazier figures the best plan of action is to let the bad guys believe Longarm’s been killed. Soon enough the villains will learn that reports of Longarm’s death have been greatly exaggerated. The lawman has risen—and he’s back with a vengeance.
U.S. Marshal Custis Long realizes better than anyone how the newspapers play with the truth. He knows for a fact that Clay Allison’s surly hide was laid under the sod for good. But he can’t prove it. Never exactly an outlaw, Allison was inclined to kill people when he drank—and he drank a lot.
But now, tales of Clay Allison keep coming along the news wire out of Texas. Someone who looks, talks, dresses—and kills—like the late shootist is on a murder spree. Longarm can’t believe that a homicidal drunk has come blazing back to life from out of the grave. But he has to look into it—especially since a Texas Ranger has been gunned down. If it turns out that he was wrong about Allison’s demise, Longarm will admit it—and then correct his mistake.
The town of Devils River doesn’t have much to offer beyond ice-cold beer and a bodacious blacksmith who looks to Longarm like she can bang more than an anvil. But that’s where cold-blooded killer and wanted man Dolphus Lasher has chosen to hole up.
Tossing Lasher into the local jail proves to be easier than Longarm figured. Problem is, the Lashers are planning a little family reunion in Devils River—the entire murderous clan is about to descend on the town. Blood may be thicker than water, but when it comes to a showdown between lawman and Lashers, Devils River is about to run red.
Now Utah has a unique proposition: Have the wealthy Texan play dead, introduce himself as the spread’s new foreman, and take care of the outlaws one by one. The wage to fight another man’s war? A hundred a month plus expenses. The cost of falling in love while he earns that wage? It wasn’t exactly part of the original agreement, but Utah will soon find out–unless the bad guys get to him first.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long accused of manslaughter for gunning down a fellow lawman? Say it ain’t so! But if it ain’t, then why is Marshal Billy Vail demanding his badge? And why has Longarm hit the bottle, gotten thrown out by his landlady, and ended up in jail on a drunk and disorderly charge?
Once you hit bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up. In this case, “up” is getting a job as a bouncer in a house of ill repute. Longarm is perfectly willing to offer protection when called upon, but he soon discovers there’s more going on behind closed doors than the practice of the oldest profession—namely a little side business that deals in death.
Down in the driest parts of the southwest, gals are scarcer than water—and some men, crazy from lust and the scorching sun, have sent away for mail-order brides. But when the womenfolk never show, these hombres want answers. Some claim the Mormons are kidnapping the ladies for their polygamous beds. Others say it’s the Turks. So they hire on gunslinger Custis Long to do what he does second-best: skirt-chasing.
After making his way up the Old Spanish Trail and snooping around some, he learns that this time, it’s the women who’re in the know—Mexican barmaids, Mormon girls, squaw sisters, a Spanish widow—all willing to give Longarm his answers. That is, in return for the French lessons that have made him famous clear across the Old West…
The last lawmen who went sniffing after deranged killer Simon Grimm ended up headless, strung up in a lean-to. But Deputy Marshal Long has hightailed it from Denver to the flyspeck town of Mesquite, Texas, to drag Grimm’s sorry behind to justice…
Thing is, nobody’s laid eyes on the crazy bastard for weeks—and folks reckon Grimm has beaten a hot path to Palo Duro Canyon. Although the hidey-hole’s a hundred miles long, Long won’t rest till he’s drawn up a tough posse—and delivered revenge, Longarm-style...
It's been four years since Steen Stockton has been able to see the sky without having to look through steel bars. Betrayal got him locked up, and it shut down his heart forever...until he runs into the only woman he's ever trusted, a woman he's never even spoken to…until now.
There's only one person who has ever looked at Erin Chambers as if she mattered, a man she's never forgotten. She's come back to Rogue Valley to reclaim herself, not to get involved with a man…especially not the sensual, guarded cowboy Steen has become.
Can two people with no ability to trust use a magical, unspoken connection from their past to rebuild their hearts, or will the scars of a lifetime of broken dreams and betrayal keep them from finding each other the second time around?
Books in the Wyoming Rebels Series:
A Real Cowboy Never Says No
A Real Cowboy Knows How to Kiss
A Real Cowboy Rides a Motorcycle
A Real Cowboy Never Walks Away
A Real Cowboy Loves Forever
A Real Cowboy for Christmas
A Real Cowboy Always Trusts His Heart (Coming soon!)
Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long is none too keen on his latest assignments: pushing papers at the boss’s office, then babysitting some rich hombre traveling with a king’s ransom. But Longarm’s focus is about to turn real serious, real fast—and real personal…
Not.Your.Job.stop.Return.Immediately. Any other time, Longarm would heed his boss’s telegram. But a friend’s daughter has been kidnapped to be a child bride—and Custis won’t sleep, let alone give up his search, until he helps a posse of depraved crazies take a dirt nap…
Deputy U.S. Marshal Custis Long is going deep undercover to track down a mysterious murderin’ madwoman known only as The Twisted Sister. Her territory is the Staked Plains of Texas, where a range war is brewing between old and new Dutch settlers. And though the dead are piling up on both sides, no one’s talking…
Giving himself the Dutch handle Wolfgang Kruger, Longarm sweet-talks his way into the employ of the luscious Zimmer twins. With an outfit of cowgirls, they’re herding some high-grade Cherokee breeding stock back to their spread on the Staked Plains. But it’s Longarm who will be spreading himself thin between satisfying his blue-eyed bosswomen—and pleasuring information out of one spanky young cowgirl after another…
Logan Sackett is wild and rootless, riding west in search of easy living. Then he meets Emily Talon, a fiery old widow who is even wilder than he is. Tall and lean, Em is determined to defend herself against the jealous locals who are trying to take her home. Logan doesn’t want to get involved—until he finds out that Em was born a Sackett. Em is bucking overwhelming odds, but Logan won’t let her stand alone. For even the rebellious drifter knows that part of being a Sackett is backing up your family when they need you.
Deputy U.S. Marshall Long’s latest assignment is to deliver Erroll “Bone” McCluskey in one piece to Bismarck, where a hangman and undertaker await. And there’s nothing more Longarm would rather see than justice served...
Unfortunately, he’s not the only one who wants Bone—dead or alive. Which means Long will have to take matters into his own hands—even if it means heading up north to Helldorado, a town overrun by a band of the vilest outlaws…
U.S. Marshal Custis Long and Royal Canadian Mountie Sergeant Foster are crossing jurisdictions trying to find the hidden town of Natova—a secret spot where outlaws with lots of money can indulge their wicked ways while spending their money, and stay out of the law’s way when things heat up. Longarm and Forster will have to pull a notorious robbery to establish themselves as wanted men, while spending their money in the mining camps to attract attention and an “invite” to Natova. Then they can let the cavalry clean up the town—if they don’t get themselves killed along the way.
But first, they’ll have to raise a potful of outlaw cash while staying ahead of the meanest vigilante committee anybody ever ran from…
Deputy U. S. Marshal Custis Long can think of lots of fun ways to spend his birthday. But, tracking down a stolen stagecoach stash in a remote mining community complete with greedy lowlifes and an overwhelmed acting marshal isn’t one of them—especially since the resulting “treasure hunt” is making the undertaker the richest man in town.
Now the thief’s pretty widow is suspected of hiding the loot, and she wants Longarm to protect her. And with a posse of bad-news hombres on his trail, Longarm will have to think fast and draw faster if he’s going to bury one cunning killer for keeps…
Craig Johnson's The Highwayman and An Obvious Fact are now available from Viking.
Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr, and Robert B. Parker will love the fourth mystery in New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson’s award-winning Longmire Mystery series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the hit drama series now streaming on Netflix. It delivers more of the taut prose, engrossing characters, beautiful Wyoming setting, and satisfying depth that reviewers have been hailing since his first book, The Cold Dish. In Another Man's Moccasins, the body of a Vietnamese woman dumped along the Wyoming interstate opens a baffling case for Sheriff Longmire, whose only suspect is a Crow Indian with a troubled past. But things get even stranger when a photograph turns up in the victim’s purse that ties her murder to one from Longmire’s past—a case he tackled as a Marine Corps investigator forty years earlier in Vietnam.
Charlie Bugg is a murdering, thieving scoundrel—and it’s up to Deputy U.S. Marshall Long to bring him to justice. Longarm tracks down the thief and quickly apprehends him, but the deputy soon learns that catching the crook is the easy part…
On the way back to Denver, Longarm stops at the prosperous settlement of Val Verde, hoping for a safe place to keep his prisoner for the night. But it turns out that Bugg murdered one of Val Verde’s most prominent citizens—and the town is set on exacting their own brand of justice, outside the bounds of the law…
There’s trouble in the north. Young women are disappearing from Montana territory, and Custis Long is going over the border to find them. Since he has no official authority outside the U.S., he’s going to have to cooperate with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. But he already has an idea as to who may have taken the women—white slavers. And Longarm’s hunch is leading him to a remote railhead on the bleak Canadian plains, where women are bought and sold, where whiskey is cheap—and life is cheaper…