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The Ballad of Black Bart

The Ballad of Black Bart

A Novel

Loren D. Estleman

Forge Books

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The Ballad of Black Bart: a riveting western novel from Spur Award-Winning Author Loren D. Estleman.

"Loren Estleman is my hero."—Harlan Coben


Between July 1875 and November 1883, a single outlaw robbed the stagecoaches of Wells Fargo in California’s Mother Lode country a record of twenty-eight times. Armed with an unloaded shotgun, walking to and from the scenes of the robberies, often for hundreds of miles, and leaving poems behind, the infamous Black Bart was fiercely hunted.

Between robberies, Black Bart was known as Charles E. Bolton, a distinguished, middle-aged man who enjoyed San Francisco’s entertainments in the company of socialites drawn to his quiet, temperate good nature and upper-class tastes.

Meanwhile, James B. Hume, Wells Fargo’s legendary chief of detectives, made Bart’s apprehension a matter of personal as well as professional interest.

The Ballad of Black Bart is a duel of wits involving two adversaries of surpassing cleverness, set against the vivid backdrop of the Old West.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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This is the story of bandit Black Bart;

who used the gold country to practice his art.

His brush was a shotgun, his canvas the road,

as he painted his way ’cross the Old Mother Lode.

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Loren D. Estleman

LOREN D. ESTLEMAN has written more than seventy books--historical novels, mysteries, and westerns. Winner of four Shamus Awards, five Spur Awards, and three Western Heritage Awards, his books include Ace & Eights, The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion, Alive!, and American Detective. He lives in Central Michigan with his wife, author Deborah Morgan.

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