Back East, they told tall tales about Marshall Clay Halser, the fearless Civil War veteran who became known as the “Hero of the Plains” for his daring exploits in the Wild West. But the truth, as revealed in his private journals, is even more compelling.
A callow youth in search of excitement, Halser travels to the raucous cow towns of the frontier, where his steady nerve and ready trigger finger soon mark him as a gunfighter to be reckoned with. As both an outlaw and a lawman, he carves out a legendary career. But fame proves to be the one enemy he can never outdraw–and a curse that haunts him to the bitter end . . . .
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"The best novel I read last year."
“The best western of the season!”
“The author gives his story a credibility and honesty unusual in the genre.”
“Breathtaking . . . first-rate . . . impossible to put down. Mr. Matheson has done something remarkable: with a single novel he has placed himself in the front rank of Western novelists.”
--Richard S. Wheeler, author of Virgin River
“A novel filled with remarkable surprises . . . a fine and unique book.”
--Ed Gorman, author of Sleeping Dogs
“A remarkable western novel. It strips the romanticism from the old West, but retains the blood-and-guts violence, as well as the high excitement of the frontier. Clay Halser’s journals are the stuff of myth.”
--Norman Zollinger, author of The Road to Santa Fe
“Journal of the Gun Years is a three carat diamond. Read and enjoy it without delay.”
--Max Evans, author of For the Love of Horses
“Some of the best damn writing Matheson’s done in his spectacular career.”
--Loren D. Estleman, author of Gas City