Jeff Arnold’s West

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On Jeff Arnold’s West we have reviewed or discussed various Western books – biographies and novels, mostly. There are about 120 so far. Others will follow. I thought it might be helpful for readers to have easy access to the books, so they are listed below alphabetically with links, and you can always find the list, which I will update as new essays are posted, at the top of the sidebar on the right under aae WESTERN BOOKS.



A Frontier Doctor by Henry F Hoyt; autobiography.
A Man Called Horse by Dorothy M Johnson; short story.
Appaloosa by Robert B Parker; novel.
A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson; novel.
A Texas Cowboy by Charles A Siringo; autobiography.
Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts by Dan L Thrapp; biography.
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy; novel.
Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson; novel.
As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson; novel.
Bat Masterson: the man and the legend by Robert K DeArment; biography.
Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides; history.
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy; novel.
Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert B Parker; novel.
Brimstone by Robert B Parker; novel.
Buffalo Bill and His Wild West by Joseph G Rosa and Robin May; biography/history.
Bugles in the Afternoon by Ernest Haycox; novel.
Christmas in Absaroka County & Messenger by Craig Johnson; short stories.
Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy; novel.
Cloudy in the West by Elmer Kelton; novel.
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier; novel.
Cole Younger, by Himself; memoir.
Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry; novel.
Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company by Harry Carey Jr.; memoir.
Coroner Creek by Luke Short; novel.
Crazy Horse: A Life by Larry McMurtry; biography.
Cuba Libre by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Dallas Stoudenmire: El Paso Marshal by Leon Metz;
Dead Man’s Walk by Larry McMurtry; novel.
by Pete Dexter; novel.
Dear Old Kit: the Historical Christopher Carson by Harvey Lewis Carter; biography.
Death Without Company by Craig Johnson; novel.
Debt of Honor by Luke Short; novel.
Desperadoes by Ron Hansen; novel.
Escape from Five Shadows by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Faillir être flingué by Céline Minard; novel.
by Luke Short; novel.
Fire in the Hole by Elmore Leonard; novel.
by Louis L’Amour; novel.
Forty Lashes Less One by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Geronimo by Robert M Utley; biography.
Gunman’s Rhapsody by Robert B Parker; novel.
by Elmore Leonard; novel.

Guns of the Timberlands by Louis L’Amour; novel.
Hard Money by Luke Short; novel.
Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson; novel.
by Elmore Leonard; novel.
by Louis L’Amour; novel.

In the Rogue Blood by James Carlos Blake; novel.
I, Tom Horn by Will Henry (Henry Wilson Allen); novel.
Jesse James Was His Name by
William A Settle; biography.
Junkyard Dogs by Craig Johnson; novel.
by Louis L’Amour; novel.
Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson; novel.
Law of the Desert Born by Louis L’Amour; graphic novel.
Life of Tom Horn: Government Scout and Interpreter by Tom Horn and John C Coble;
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry; novel.
Lucky Billy by John Vernon; novel.
Luke Short by Wayne Short; biography.
Man in the Saddle by Ernest Haycox; novel.
Monte Walsh by Jack Schaefer; novel.
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy; novel.
by Elmore Leonard; novel.
by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Rereading Frederick Jackson Turner, ed. John Mack Faragher; essays.
Resolution by Robert B Parker; novel.
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey; novel.
Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard; novel.
Roughing It by Mark Twain; autobiography.
Saddle by Starlight by Luke Short; novel.
by Louis L’Amour; novel.
by Jack Schaefer; novel.
Showdown at Yellow Butte by Louis L’Amour; novel.
Silver Rock by Luke Short; novel.
Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson; novella.
Stage to Lordsburg by Ernest Haycox; short story.
Telling Western Stories by Richard W Etulain; literary criticism.
Ten Shoes Up by Gary L Stuart; novel.
Tennessee’s Partner by Bret Harte; novella.
The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid by John Aragon & Mary
Walters; novel.
The Apache Kid by Will Henry; novel.
The Bounty Hunters by Elmore Leonard; novel.
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane; short story.
The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson; novel.
The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy; novel.
The Dark Horse by Craig Johnson; novel.
The Earp Brothers of Tombstone by Frank Waters; biography.
The First Fast Draw by Louis L’Amour; novel.
The Friends of Pancho Villa by James Carlos Blake; novel.
The Furies by Niven Busch; novel.
The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco; novel.
The Gunfighter by Joseph G Rosa; history.
The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout; novel.
The Law at Randado by Elmore Leonard; novel.
The Lawbringers by Brian Garfield; novel.
The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill by Don Russell; biography.
The Lone Ranger, Volume 1: Now and Forever by Sergio Cariello and writer Brett
Matthews; comic book.
The Lone Ranger, Volume 2: Lines Not Crossed by Sergio Cariello and writer Brett
Matthews; comic book.
The Mammoth Book of Westerns, ed. Jon E Lewis; short stories.
The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte; novella.
The Philosophy of the Western, ed. Jennifer L McMahon & Steve Csaki;
The Shootist by Glendon Swarthout; novel.
The Significance of the Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner;
The Son by Philipp Meyer; novel.
The Spoilers by Rex Beach; novel.
The Valles Caldera by Gary L Stuart; novel.
The Vengeance Trail of Josey Wales by Forrest Carter; novel.
The Virginian by Owen Wister; novel.
They Called Him Wild Bill by Joseph G Rosa; biography.
Three Bad Men by Scott Nollen Allen; biography (of John Ford, John Wayne and Ward Bond).
Twelve Peers by Max Brand; novella.
Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal by Stuart N Lake; biography.
Wyatt Earp: the life behind the legend by Casey Tefertiller; biography.










6 Responses

  1. I have a big box of western novels in my attic, mostly bought by me c. the late 1950s. From time to time I feel the need to pull one out and read (or even re-read) it. There can be something very satisfying about reading a good western novel (a bit like watching a western film and yet a quite different experience). Elmore Leonard, Ernest Haycox, Max Brand, Luke Short, Louis L'Amour and many lesser-known names – all worth reading.
    Enjoyed your list, Jeff.

    1. I too have a big pile of Western books which I re-read from time to time. Elmore Leonards and Luke Shorts are my favorites!

  2. Hi Jeff
    Another good read is 'Skeletons' by Swarthout: sort of a modern crime novel situated in a typîcal western town, with flashbacks to the past in the 19th century.
    I always liked this one.

  3. Jeff, one day you might add The Wonderful Country by Tom Lea – also a well respected painter and artist with a very interesting life -, a great novel far different from its – excellent though with probably one of the best Bob Mitchum role – film adaptation. It has benn published in French under the French film's title L'Aventurier du Rio Grande by Actes Sud with its original Lea's sketches, thanks to Bertrand Tavernier ever lasting efforts. JM

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