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Legend has it that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid died in Bolivia in 1908. Johnstone and his nephew flesh out a variant theory in which the Kid dies, but Cassidy, as Jim Strickland, shows up in west Texas a few years later. A dying man wills him his ranch if he will kill three rustlers. Strickland promptly dispatches the rustlers and hires on men to run a respectable ranch. But when a railroad worker dies because of company negligence, and officials renege on their responsibility to the widow, Strickland’s sympathies kick in. With his new Wild Bunch, he robs several trains, taking care of the widow; then he pays for a new church. Of course, he’s romancing the pastor’s daughter, Daisy Hatfield, and the question becomes, Will Strickland’s deeds catch up with him? The Johnstones offer nothing new about the Butch Cassidy of history; their Butch could be most any tough hombre. But they tell an entertaining story with lots of plot twists, carefully set up for a sequel. --John Mort

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Johnstone's irreverent revisionist western picks up in 1914 with famed outlaw Butch Cassidy, long thought killed in Bolivia, working as a cattle rancher in Texas under the name Jim Strickland. Decades later, Cassidy spins his yarn to a Pinkerton detective who admits to liking a dramatic moment. Johnstone is a masterful storyteller, creating a tale that is fanciful and funny, exciting and surprisingly convincing: Butch roams Texas in anonymity until an encounter with a dying rancher gives him a chance to go straight. He keeps a low profile and earns a good reputation until deciding to teach a lesson to a railroad that has covered up a death and cheated the dead man's widow. After robbing a train, Butch finds that he missed the excitement and action, and thinks his new wild bunch of misfits might rob some more. His involvement with a preacher's daughter is dangerous enough, but a tenacious Pinkerton detective sets a clever trap that results in a showdown between Cassidy and the law. This is great fun, and Johnstone's lively, crisp style lets Butch say it best: "The truth was never as good as a legend." --Publishers Weekly

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Legend has it that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid died in Bolivia in 1908. Johnstone and his nephew
flesh out a variant theory in which the Kid dies, but Cassidy, as Jim Strickland, shows up in west Texas a
few years later. A dying man wills him his ranch if he will kill three rustlers. Strickland promptly
dispatches the rustlers and hires on men to run a respectable ranch. But when a railroad worker dies
because of company negligence, and officials welsh on their responsibility to the widow, Strickland's
sympathies kick in. With his new Wild Bunch, he robs several trains, taking care of the widow; then he
pays for a new church. Of course, he's romancing the pastor's daughter, Daisy Hatfield, and the question
becomes, Will Strickland's deeds catch up with him? The Johnstones offer nothing new about the Butch
Cassidy of history; their Butch could be most any tough hombre. But they tell an entertaining story with
lots of plot twists, carefully set up for a sequel. --John Mort
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington House Pub Ltd; First Edition edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758290349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758290342
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Muellerleile on June 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've read every book written by William W. Johnstone (and by his nephew J. A. Johnstone who took the helm using the outlines left upon Bill's death then wrote a bunch of new titles all by himself).

"BUTCH CASSIDY, The Lost Years" is the first of what I hope is a long, long series about the 42 years between the supposed demise of Harry Longabaugh and Robert Leroy Parker better known as the Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy in 1908 down in Bolivia while trying to shoot it out with the Bolivian army. It takes the form of a "what if" story reported in 1950 by Butch Cassidy then known as Henry Parker to a young Pinkerton Agency man who is following up unofficially on his grandfather's Pinkerton Agency work which had been scoffed at and disregarded by his supervisors.

I'm not going to fill you in on all the story content except to say you are going to love it and even wish you were there along with the recreated "Wild Bunch" who brought back the action of the Wild Old West at an age when automobiles were just beginning to show up in Texas.

I'd be willing to pay in advance right now for advance copies of the yet unwritten titles in this new series which the last page led me to believe will involve Butch Cassidy and Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, plus Pancho Villa and a bank in Mexico.

This one is just 282 pages in length, hardcover in form and suitable for youngsters of all ages to enjoy...unlike much of the filth available on TV, on the Internet and in the movies these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Luttrell on July 5, 2013
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This is a well written narrative of the possibility that Butch Cassidy escaped death in So. America and lived out his remaining years in the west. It really could have happened the way Johnstone portrays, and we really want to believe it did. I enjoyed the read and can readily tell Wm. is making good progress on the narrative in his books by reaching the happy medium, not too much, but keeping the reader in the story. Gave it four stars because I liked the story! Glenn Luttrell
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By westerngal on May 14, 2013
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I won a contest and got an advanced copy of this book. It is destined to be a winner if the Johnstone's decide to make this a new series. I have read many books on Butch but this was really good. I firmly believe he was not killed with Sundance so it does fit into the realm of possibilities. The book flows really well from scene to scene and is very believable. What it does do is open up the way for many more to come. Watch Butch as he does what he does best. It also proves why butch and the kid were so hard to find. Butch inspires loyalty every step of the way and leaves the readers wanting more. I refuse to give away the plot LOL. Trust me tho, you will like it and clamor for more. I hope the Johnstone's keep most of the same characters. They are great. Oh, and let's not forget the bad guys. They do get their comeuppance in the end. Run dont walk to the store, or better yet, order from amazon today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo Ann Butler on August 31, 2013
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Hank Parker, a cowboy of eighty-plus years, has a past he'd rather keep hidden. In 1950 Parker is the same age as a certain notorious gunslinger would have been, had he survived a well-known shootout in Bolivia. Pinkerton agent Nathan Tuttle believes that Butch Cassidy actually did. It was Tuttle's grandfather, also a Pinkerton man, who tracked Cassidy from Chile to Texas. Now Tuttle has followed the paper trail to Parker.

In Butch Cassidy: The Lost Years, bestselling authors William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone present readers with a quick-moving, entertaining novel that will hold your attention. Could that notorious train robber really transform himself into an honest man, or will he succumb to temptation? If you like Westerns, read Butch Cassidy to find out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love to learn on September 21, 2013
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I loved this book! I picked it up for my Mom who is a huge Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fan. I read it after her and quite frankly, I didn't want it to end. I savored every page, I had to limit my evening page count as I would have devoured this in one sitting. I hope like heck Mr. Johnstone has already written or is currently writing the next installment. I have to know what happened with Daisy. I could hear Paul Newman's voice in my head as I was reading. An absolute delight, I don't remember when I've had so much fun reading a novel.
Thanks so much!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Williams on May 15, 2013
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I have been reading the William W. Johnstone offerings and all of the books of each for many, many years and have not been disappointed. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamesgb2 on September 4, 2013
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Truth or fully fictional, it is a cracking good read written in a quaint style. I highly recommend this as a purely pleaassure read--the format really brings the characters to life--the end really tells you everything?, or nothing!
JD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim B. on July 29, 2013
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Could be better written,but it was a fun book to read.Most of the character were spot on.I think most would enjoy it.
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