"A colorful new biography." Los Angeles Times.
"Boessenecker is . . . the country’s leading authority on Vasquez, and his new book, Bandido, tells the story. . . . Vasquez was as famous as Jesse James in his day." San Francisco Chronicle.
"Over the past two decades, John Boessenecker has been a top writer/researcher in the California outlaw and lawman field. Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez is a tour de force and probably his best to date. Bandido is a comprehensive biography of the legendary outlaw that strips away the myths surrounding Vasquez. With this book, Boessenecker has reaffirmed his place as one of the Best of the West." True West Magazine.
"Bandido is a painstakingly researched story illuminating Vasquez’s nefarious exploits and reputation as a folk hero. Boessenecker surrounds the details of Vasquez’s activities with fascinating accounts of life in the mid-1800s for Spanish-speaking Californios." Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
"Reading John Boessenecker’s new book about the notorious 19th-century California bandit Tiburcio Vasquez, I felt . . . I was there and saw the whole thing."—Joe Rodriguez, San Jose Mercury-News.
"Every day we see parks, buildings and freeway bridges that have been named in honor of some upstanding citizen. Tiburcio Vasquez currently has a series of health care centers named for him in the East Bay, along with a county park and a high school in southern California. . . . How can this be? The answers are in Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez, a book by San Francisco attorney and historian John Boessenecker." KALW News.
About the Author
A San Francisco attorney, John Boessenecker has authored six books and numerous magazine articles on crime and law enforcement in the Old West.