Desert Desperadoes

Bob Alexander

Published by Gila Books, 2006
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Synopsis: In Desert Desperadoes, subtitled "The Banditti of Southwestern New Mexico," award-winning author Bob Alexander looks at the outlaws and infamous badmen--"banditti," as early Las Cruces/Mesilla notable Albert Jennings Fountain dubbed them--throughout this corner of the state.

The book traces their bloody trails across Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley,Silver City and Grant County, Deming and Columbus, Lordsburg and Shakespeare, into the Gila and even to El Paso and southeastern Arizona (including Tombstone), when New Mexico outlaws learned their violent trade or sought refuge from pursuing posses.

Besides such well-known "desperadoes" as Billy the Kid and Johnny Ringo, the Desert Desperadoes colorfully recounts the careers of characters including "Bronco Bill" Walters, "Curly Bill" Brocius, Kit Joy, "Three-Fingered Jack" Dunlap, Pony Diehl, "Black Jack" Christian, "Six-Shooter Smith" and John Kinney, "King of the Rustlers." Among those seeking to bring the book's "banditti" to justice are Pat Garrett, "Dangerous Dan" Tucker, Harvey Whitehill and Fountain himself. Readers will also encounter such famous Wild West characters as Wyatt Earp and his brothers, the Clantons and "Doc" Holliday, as well as the Texas Rangers.

Although written with the verve of a campfire storyteller, Desert Desperadoes is meticulously researched and documented, written by one of the most renowned historians of the Old West. Besides Alexander's lively prose, the book contains more than 80 rare historical photographs, many of them never before published.

The cover painting is by noted Western artist Donald Yena.

About the Author: Bob Alexander, a native Texan and veteran lawman, retired as a special agent with the US Treasury Department and began a second career as an author, based in Maypearl, Texas.

He has written seven other books, including Fearless Dave Allison, Border Lawman (High Lonesome Books), which was named the 2004 Best Outlaw/Lawmen Book by the Western Outlaw/Lawman History Association (WOLA). His Lawmen, Outlaws and SOBs (High Lonesome Books) won the association's best-book award the following year--the first such consecutive honors in WOLA's history.

The National Outlaw/Lawman History Association honored Alexander in 2004 with its Literary Award for Outstanding Contributions to Western Historical Writing.

As Robert G. McCubbin, co-publisher of True West Magazine puts it, "Bob Alexander, in a few short years, has joined the ranks of the foremost writers in the field of Southwestern history."

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Title: Desert Desperadoes
Publisher: Gila Books
Publication Date: 2006
Binding: Hardcover
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