"When I taught American literature at the Univ. of Iowa, a colleague taught a 'Great Westerns' course devoted to novels. Vardis Fisher's MOUNTAIN MAN, Alan LeMay's THE SEARCHERS, A.B. Guthrie's THE BIG SKY. Charles Portis's TRUE GRIT. Clearly Westerns can be literature. I suspect that Johnny D. Boggs would be on the syllabus today." -- David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood and The Brotherhood of the Rose
2017 SPUR AWARD WINNER!
Twenty years after Mathew Garth joined his foster father, Tom Dunson, on an epic cattle drive to Kansas, Garth is forced to make another make-or-break trail drive to Kansas -- with his two sons and wife accompanying him.
While the deadly dangers of storms and rustlers gather around them, an act of passion and violence from within the drive -- and from within the Garth family -- leaves Matt fighting for his life, close to where Dunson was buried by the Red River. When Matt gets back up, he must finish the drive and fight his worst enemies -- and even his own blood kin.
Johnny D. Boggs picks up Bordon Chase's classic novel that became the legendary John Wayne movie Red River!
True West: "Johnny D. Bogg’s gift for memorable storytelling rises to its highest level ... Return to Red River grows its own classic roots ..."
When Wil Braden leaves his ranch in Jacksboro, Texas, to fight with Hood's Texas Brigade in the Civil War, he leaves behind his wife and six-year-old son, Pierce. When he returns after the war, he finds a new war to fight -- and he has grown tired of fighting. Remembering the events years later, Pierce tells of his struggles waiting for his father's return and the years immediately following, trying to discern if the man who gave him the nickname "Top Soldier" was a hero or a coward.
"I was, I remain, and I will always be a wicked man." Thus Missouri guerrilla and outlaw Cole Younger begins his confession to a tent-revival preacher in 1913 ... on the 50th anniversary of the Lawrence Massacre.
Johnny D. Boggs recreates the life story of one of the most notable outlaws in Western history, from his dreams of being a good Christian and maybe even a preacher, to riding with William Quantrill's raiders during the Civil War, to riding alongside Frank and Jesse James across the Midwest and South as outlaws, and to spending an eternity in the prison in Stillwater, Minnesota.