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Brooks, Bill 1943-

Works: 75 works in 390 publications in 1 language and 18,354 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Western fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Biographical fiction  Action and adventure fiction  History  Historical fiction  Artists' books 
Roles: Author
Classifications: N7433.4.C37, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Bill Brooks
The stone garden : the epic life of Billy the Kid by Bill Brooks( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The White Sands Region, New Mexico, 1908, twenty-seven years after the alleged death of Billy the Kid: Rumors abound throughout New Mexico and the rest of the United States that the Kid is still alive."--Jacket
Winter kill : a John Henry Cole story by Bill Brooks( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The winter around Cheyenne, Wyoming that year was devastating, killing both people and livestock. John Henry Cole was three miles out of town on his small ranch, waiting out the storm that was quickly killing his cattle and horses, and starting to feel a little crazy himself. Everything he owned was dying before his eyes and there wasn't anything that he could do about it. When the storm finally blew itself out and the Chinook came, Cole surveyed his losses and knew there was nothing left for him. in Cheyenne. Colorado Charley Utter and a posse of gunmen are on her trail, intent on killing her
The messenger : a western story by Bill Brooks( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his son's death from a bear's mauling and his wife's departure from the ranch, Royce Blood begins to work as a messenger guard on a stageline, but messenger guards are confronted by the outlaw Gypsy Davy, who never leaves witnesses to his crimes
Blood storm : a John Henry Cole story by Bill Brooks( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is up to John Henry Cole to investigate the deaths of three young women in the new mining camp of Deadwood
Frontier justice : a John Henry Cole story by Bill Brooks( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This western has humor, suspense, twists, and a puzzling mystery for John Henry to pursue as he's shot up by robbers, bounty hunters, a vengeful Mexican family, and a cold-blooded killer. Well-crafted side plots add depth to the story and to the protagonist particularly as he steadies a consumptive and deadly Doc Holliday and shares a cell with a drunken, foul-mouthed Calamity Jane.--Publisher's Weekly
The horses by Bill Brooks( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jim Glass's long-sought peace is shattered when the ex-soldier and ex-Ranger discovers six of his corralled horses dead, their throats slit. Though he dreads doing so, he'll strap on his weapons and go hunting for the culprit -- because someone capable of such a foul, thoughtless killing is capable of anything. The dusty town of Domingo has been targeted by a pair of blood-crazed brothers and their Texas cohorts with robbery, murder, and mayhem on their minds, and that's where Glass will make his stand, even though his only support is an old Indian named Hairy Legs and an over-the-hill lawman named Trout. Because a home's the one thing a man's got that's worth fighting and dying for
Rides a stranger : [the journey of Jim Glass] by Bill Brooks( Book )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jim Glass is a drifter who soldiered for a losing cause, who upheld the law as a Texas Ranger ... and who's been mistaken for legendary gunman John Wesley Hardin more than one time. He's a lost man on a trail to nowhere. And where he rides, death always follows
A bullet for Billy by Bill Brooks( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Captain Gus Rodgers of the Texas Rangers is dying-and before he goes, he needs Jim's help to free his grandson from a Mexican prison. Trouble is, the Federale general holding him wants the head of the boy's brother, Billy, who has already confessed to murdering the general's daughter. Gus believes Billy deserves to die. The old ranger's just worried he won't live long enough to do the deed-which is where Jim Glass comes in"--Page 2 of cover
Ride the man down : a John Henry Cole story by Bill Brooks( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Henry Cole, working as a deputy U.S. marshal out of Judge Isaac Parker's court in Arkansas, was on assignment in the Indian Nations, in pursuit of a group of white renegades who were in hiding there above all a particularly vicious renegade named Caddo Pierce. He had a wagon of captive renegades when he was shot and seriously injured. He managed to come out of the Nations with his prisoners, but decided that he had enough of that job and so resigned. Now fifteen years later, employed as a deputy for Judge Roy Bean in Texas, Cole receives a personal summons from Judge Parker. He learns that Caddo Pierce and his gang are systematically murdering Indian law enforcement officers and their families in the Nations. By treaty, Parker cannot send any officer into the Nations to pursue a killer unless that killer has killed a white man, so Cole is without backing in his pursuit of Pierce
Buscadero by Bill Brooks( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The saddle may have been fancy, but the man who sat in it was not. He was a big man who rode ramrod straight, his red beard showing flecks of gray. It was hard to tell about his eyes ... they seemed to be staring at something that wasn't there, like a rattler before he strikes. Henry Dollar had been a Texas Ranger for sixteen years so he knew about the wildness of Texas and what it took to put a little law in it
Men of violence : a John Henry Cole story by Bill Brooks( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Henry Cole had worked for years as a lawman and then as a detective for an agency out of Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was this work that he enjoyed, despite its dangers, that had inspired him to establish his own agency. He gathered ex-lawmen like himself, men he knew and trusted, most of whom he had worked with at one time or another. Cole's agency was located in just about the most dangerous place one could find -- in Red Pony, in the Cherokee Strip, commonly called No Man's Land because of the rampant outlawry. But, Cole had figured, what better place to hunt for outlaws for the money on their heads? His agency might consist in practice of bounty hunters, but the agency men were in themselves honorable and professional. It was this group that set out to capture the notorious Sam Starr and his outlaw gang"--
Stolen horses by Bill Brooks( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outlaws are made, not born, and such is the case of the aged Joe Brown, AKA Einer, and his young cohort, the horse thief and possible murderer, John Paul. Under odd circumstances the two pair up to steal a large herd of Mexican horses to sell across the border. Both are unaware of a determined Texas Ranger investigating the fiery death of a brother and sister that the younger outlaw may have had a hand in. Outlaws also have hearts and in this case, each wants the stolen horse money for the love of a woman
Dakota lawman by Bill Brooks( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A talented healer forced to become a fugitive for a killing he wasn't responsible for, Jake Horn found sanctuary in the rough Dakota town of Sweet Sorrow -- and in the tin badge that marks him as the local law. Now his discovery of a dead ranch hand is bringing his demons home. As a doctor and a sheriff, Jake's witnessed death in all its dark guises -- and he recognizes a murder when he sees one. But asking too many questions of the wrong people is asking for trouble, and suddenly expert killers are gathering with their sights on a lawman who's got a need to see justice done. The big gundown is coming, as relentlessly as the winter snow whipping across the prairie. And there's nowhere for a good man to hide when five shooters blinded by hate won't leave Sweet Sorrow until he's dead
Tom Dooley : American tragedy by Bill Brooks( Book )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Some men return from war to a life of peace, and some never return at all. Tom Dooley returned from the Civil War and became embroiled in a tumultuous affair with Ann Foster Melton, a married woman. Their affair is openly known throughout the community. Later, Tom becomes involved with two of Ann's cousins, Pauline Foster and Laura Foster. When it is learned that Tom is about to elope with Laura, who is then found murdered, there are plenty of suspects, Tom being the principal one. He along with Ann Foster are arrested for the crime. After a while, Tom claims that Ann had nothing to do with the murder, although he does not openly admit his own guilt. He is tried and defended by the state's former governor, Zebulon Vance. Though found guilty twice, there are those who believe Tom is innocent, openly wondering why he had reason to kill the girl he was going to run away with"
Law for hire by Bill Brooks( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite his fame and popularity, Buffalo Bill Cody has some enemies. Before going on a hunting expedition with some friends, he decides to hire some professional protection in the form of Teddy Blue, an experienced Pinkerton agent. The situation proves so volatile, however, that even Mr. Blue's skills my not be enough to protect the famed frontiersman
The badmen by Bill Brooks( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Able Guthrie rides out to rescue his former wife after she is abducted by a bank robber and taken into the Badlands"--
Law for hire by Bill Brooks( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

City life is all Teddy Blue has ever known-until the craven murder of his brother, a Chicago policeman, changes his world overnight. Determined to hunt down the killer, he joins the Pinkerton Detective Agency and buries all thoughts of his old life. But the former law student needs experience-and he's about to get more than he bargained for in the wide open West, as bodyguard to the famous William Hickok. Irascible and predictable, "Wild Bill" more than lives up to his name. And now that his eyesight is failing and his taste for opium is increasing, his enemies are preparing to put a permanent end to his fabled career. Suddenly, Hickok's survival depends on an untested young man from Illinois
Dakota lawman : last stand at Sweet Sorrow by Bill Brooks( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The town of Sweet Sorrow in the Dakota territories draws all manner of misfits - a perfect town for Jake Horn, falsely accused of murder, to get lost in. But madness, brutality and murder seem to run rampant here, and a Texan named Roy Bean pressures Jake to bring much-needed sanity to the lawless outpost. But accepting the job of Marshal could be Jake's last humanitarian act. Because a bounty hunter is rolling in on the evening stage to collect on fugitive Jake Horn
Law for hire by Bill Brooks( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pinkerton agent Teddy Blue heads for Dodge City to help lawman Bat Masterson keep the peace in a town notorious for its wild and dangerous reputation
Pretty Boy by Bill Brooks( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As I lay dying, I see Daddy Walter sitting on the porch reading a Bible sold to him by a man wearing spats." Thus begins the novel of Charles Arthur Floyd, best known to depression-era America as Pretty Boy Floyd. "I was the dreamer, the seeker of all things beyond my reach, the dandy, the dancer, the lover of countless woman, the bank robber, the husband, the father, the son, the brother. I was the most wanted man in America." Rising out of the harvests and oil fields of the Oklahoma dustbowl, Pretty Boy Floyd became the most wanted man in America by the newly formed FBI-and the woman who loved him. And while Bonnie and Clyde were tearing up the country, robbing and shooting their way across the Southwest, Charley was robbing banks from Kansas City to Ohio. The local newspapers were full of stories about guys like John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly, and Al Capone, but none of them had what Pretty Boy had: uncommon good luck, a taste for fancy clothes, fancy cars, and beautiful dames
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The stone garden : the epic life of Billy the Kid
The messenger : a western storyThe horsesRides a stranger : [the journey of Jim Glass]A bullet for BillyBuscaderoDakota lawmanLaw for hireLaw for hire
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