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Brooks, Bill 1943-

Overview
Works: 55 works in 262 publications in 1 language and 16,995 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Western stories  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Bill Brooks
The stone garden : the epic life of Billy the Kid by Bill Brooks( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 1,027 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
The messenger : a western story by Bill Brooks( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 795 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
The horses by Bill Brooks( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 777 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
Blood storm : a John Henry Cole story by Bill Brooks( Book )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 756 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
Rides a stranger : [the journey of Jim Glass] by Bill Brooks( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jim Glass is a drifter who soldiered for a losing cause, upheld the law as a Texas Ranger, and who often has been mistaken for legendary gunman John Wesley Hardin. He's a lost man on a trail to nowhere -- and where he rides, death follows. Coffin Flats, New Mexico, is a nothing town in the middle of nowhere, which suits Jim Glass just fine. Jim is looking for work. He's as good with his hands as he is with a gun, which makes him a very attractive prospect for the local brothel. Instead, Jim hires on with Marshal Chalk Bronson. A hothead named Johnny Waco is threatening to burn Coffin Flats down if his runaway wife is not returned to him. The lady in question had loved Marshal Bronson until fate and war separated them. Now Jim Glass has a plan that will either make things right -- or far worse -- than they are already. It's the kind of scheme that could pull a drifter like Glass into a world of killers and heartbreak
Frontier justice : a John Henry Cole story by Bill Brooks( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 703 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
Winter kill : a John Henry Cole story by Bill Brooks( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 669 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
Buscadero by Bill Brooks( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 665 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
Dakota lawman by Bill Brooks( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 614 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
Law for hire by Bill Brooks( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 598 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 )

5 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 597 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 )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 582 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 )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 562 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 )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 556 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 )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 549 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
Stolen horses by Bill Brooks( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 521 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
The last law there was by Bill Brooks( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seeking revenge against the infamous outlaw who killed his father, young Ivory Cade and his best friend Albert Sand enlist the aid of Augustus Monroe, but fear that the man's reputation as a lawman may exceed his actual abilities
Bonnie and Clyde : a love story by Bill Brooks( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a fictional portrait of two of America's most notorious outlaws--Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow--star-crossed but devoted lovers who became partners in a series of violent bank robberies at the height of the Depression
The righteous revenge of Lucy Moon by Bill Brooks( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Lucy Moon learns of her mama's murder, she cuts short her honeymoon and returns to the Pistol Barrel of Oklahoma with her new husband in tow. It's a wild and raucous land full of the kind of gunfighters, backshooters, gamblers and pimps who could have shot Belle out of the saddle. Determined to get revenge by whatever means necessary, Lucy never counted on being seduced by the mysterious half-breed Red Dog -- who just might have been the assassin
 
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The stone garden : the epic life of Billy the Kid
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