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“So richly certain, you could nearly scent the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles. ”
 —Hampton aspects, New York occasions bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers


No outlaw typifies America’s mythic Wild West greater than Billy the child. To Hell on a quick Horse by Mark Lee Gardner is the riveting real story of Sheriff Pat Garrett’s exciting, break-neck chase in pursuit of the infamous bandit. David Dary calls To Hell on a quick Horse, “A masterpiece,” and Robert M. Utley calls it, “Superb narrative history.” This is spellbinding ancient event at its best possible, recalling James Swanson’s New York Times bestseller Manhunt—about the quest for Lincoln’s murderer, John Wilkes Booth—as it fills in with interesting element the tale director Sam Peckinpah dropped at the reveal in his vintage movie Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

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And this homicide cost used to be the single he feared such a lot. within the spring of 1879, Governor Lew Wallace met with Billy so as to draw out his eyewitness testimony in one other hugely charged Lincoln County homicide case. In alternate for this testimony, Billy used to be to be provided a pardon. the child did his half, however the pardon by no means got here. Now Billy knew it was once just a topic of time prior to he could face a hangman’s noose. Michael Cosgrove, the Las Vegas mail contractor, driven in the course of the crowd sporting 4 bundles lower than his hands. They contained new matches of garments for the prisoners, and the Irish-born Cosgrove remarked that he sought after “to see the men depart common. ” The town’s competing newspapers, the Gazette and the Optic, either controlled to get journalists into Sheriff Desiderio Romero’s detention center that morning, however the Gazette’s guy obtained the easiest tale. The reporter watched as a blacksmith took his hammer and chilly chisel and started conscientiously shearing the rivets of the shackles and bracelets worn by means of the child and Billy Wilson, who have been chained jointly. The irons needed to come off earlier than the prisoners may well switch their garments. Wilson used to be glum and quiet, however the child was once appearing “light and chipper…very communicative, giggling, joking and speaking to the bystanders. ” “You seem to take it easy,” the Gazette reporter stated to the child. “Yes! What’s using depending on the gloomy facet of everything,” Billy answered. “The laugh’s on me this time. ” the child solid his eyes round and started kicking the ft of his boots at the stone flooring to hot his ft. “Is the penitentiary in Santa Fe any higher than this? ” he requested. “This is a bad position to place a fellow in. ” He requested this comparable query of everybody who got here on the subject of him, and so they all instructed him the Santa Fe detention center used to be no longer any higher. Billy then shrugged his shoulders and stated he could simply need to submit with what he needed to. the child would possibly not have loved what used to be occurring to him, yet he used to be extremely joyful in any respect the eye he used to be getting. Being a star perfect him simply high quality. “There used to be an enormous crowd looking at at me, wasn’t there,” Billy stated, touching on the instant whilst the doorways have been opened to allow the mail contractor in. “Well,” and the following the child broke right into a smile back, “perhaps a few of them will imagine me part guy now; every body turns out to imagine i used to be a few form of animal. ” now not strangely, the Gazette reporter looked as if it would just like the younger outlaw, and he wrote the simplest (and so much quoted) description of Billy: He did glance human certainly, yet there has been not anything very mannish approximately him in visual appeal, for he appeared and acted a trifling boy. he's approximately 5 toes 8 or 9 inches tall, a bit of equipped and lithe, weighing approximately a hundred and forty; a frank open countenance, having a look like a college boy, with the normal silky fuzz on his higher lip; transparent blue eyes, with a roguish snap approximately them; gentle hair and complexion. he's, in all, particularly a good-looking taking a look fellow, the one imperfection being admired the teeth a bit sticking out like squirrel’s the teeth, and he has agreeable and successful methods.

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