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When the James-Younger gang rode into Northfield, Minn., in September 1876, Jesse James and his saddle pals figured robbing the town's bank would be easy money. But this lively and entertaining western-filled with gun smoke, hot lead and accurate historical action-shows how wrong they were. Spur Award-winner Boggs tells this exciting tale using the first person narrative of 24 historic characters, including Frank and Jesse James; the Younger brothers; Bill Chadwell (aka Bill Stiles), who claimed the Northfield raid was his idea; Anselm R. Manning, who plugs an outlaw early in the battle; and plenty of others. Though the robbery netted just $26.40, the wild gunfight left bullet-riddled bodies and puddles of blood all over town. Add in the prostitute who knew too much, the grave-robbing medical student and the farmer who just wanted to shoot an outlaw, and Boggs (The Hart Brand; etc.) has created a vibrant retelling of the Old West's most notorious and deadly bank robbery flop.
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There's a fine line between being a desperado and being just plain desperate. The James-Younger gang discovered this crucial distinction one ill-fated day when they set out to rob a Yankee bank in Northfield, Minnesota, a town they figured would be easily cowed by a few rebel yells. No master tacticians--their basic plan being to ride into town and, if the moment feels ripe, then go ahead and rob the bank; if not, ride on--it's no big surprise that everything goes straight to hell, along with a few of the bandits themselves. Boggs recounts the action from a different perspective in each chapter, from the James brothers--reckless and violent Jesse and scripture-quoting Frank--to a five-year-old daughter of a murdered bank teller not quite able to get what all the fuss is about, to indignant members of the subsequent posses. The kaleidoscopic effect pays handsome rewards, fueling the action from all vantage points in concise, frenetic bursts that might even leave you feeling a mite poorly for those doomed outlaws. Ian Chipman
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A slow read. It probably isn't the writing as much as my preference for storiesPublished 3 months ago by M. Gearns
Good cowboy mystery.. of course we know the good guys are going to win out. But who cares?? I didn't.Published 18 months ago by zeodave
Loved the way the story moved ahead through words of the people involved. A nice way to learn the history of the event. The read moved quickly, was well written and informative. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was as reviews stated, well written. Different perspectives from different people who witnessed the shoot out. Also from people that the gang met on the road.Published 19 months ago by movie buff