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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The saga of William Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid, began in 1877 when he was just 17 and killed a man in a barroom brawl. By 1880, Pat Garrett, the newly-elected sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico, made it his mission to track down and kill this notorious outlaw; Mark Lee Gardner’s action-packed volume details the multiple manhunts, captures, escapes, and final encounter between these two men, all of which took place in a mere 18 months. The politics and personalities of the time are well-researched and integrated into the telling, providing readers with a wealth of context and vivid description. Photographs and reproductions add more layers of detail. The last third of the book is devoted to Pat Garrett’s post-Billy the Kid life, which has been neglected in some biographies. In the years between 1881 and 1908 Garrett was seen alternately as a hero and a villain, but whatever his label, he was always on the hunt for outlaws, business deals, and political appointments. Gardner’s inclusion of correspondence and other documentation make for a well-rounded picture of the whole man. Extensive notes and a lengthy resource list round out this eminently readable book.

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