By Mark Lee Gardner
A sheriff . . .
An outlaw . . .
A mythical showdown.
Billy the Kid—a.k.a. Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, and William Bonney—was a horse thief, farm animals rustler, charismatic rogue, and cold-blooded killer. an outstanding shot, the child gunned down 4 males single-handedly and 5 others with assistance from cronies. of his sufferers have been Lincoln County, New Mexico, deputies killed in the course of the Kid's brazen sunlight break out from the courthouse detention center on April 28, 1881.
After shelling out along with his guards and breaking the chain securing his leg irons, the child danced a macabre jig at the jail's porch sooner than driving away on a stolen horse as terrified townspeople—and many sympathizers—watched. for brand new sheriff Pat Garrett, an acquaintance of Billy's, the chase was once on. . . .
To Hell on a quick Horse re-creates the exciting manhunt for the Wild West's so much iconic outlaw. it's also the 1st twin biography of the child and Garrett, each one a larger-than-life determine who should not have turn into mythical with out the opposite. Drawing on voluminous basic assets and a wealth of released scholarship, Mark Lee Gardner digs underneath the parable to take a clean examine those males, their dating, and their epic journey to immortality.
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To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett by Mark Lee Gardner