To Hell on a Fast Horse by Mark Lee Gardner
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.


About Mark Lee Gardner

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Mark Lee Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse, about Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett. As an authority on the American West, he has appeared on the History Channel, PBS American Experience, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Encore Westerns Channel, NPR, and BBC Radio. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, American Heritage, Wild West, New Mexico Magazine, and Journal of the West. Gardner lives with his family in Cascade, Colorado.
Published January 21, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 339 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crime, War. Non-fiction

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Western historian Gardner (Wagons for the Santa Fe Trade ) delivers a “dual biography” documenting Sheriff Pat Garrett's hunt for the iconic outl

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The Washington Post

Garrett's chase doesn't start until halfway through the book and ends after only about 60 more pages, in a house owned by Billy's in-laws where Garrett shot the outlaw dead.

Mar 14 2010 | Read Full Review of To Hell on a Fast Horse: Bill...

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