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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (122 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Matheson Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From New York Times bestselling author Richard Matheson, best known for his horror and fantasy writing, comes a highly praised Western that shows the master’s hand in this genre as well.

Back East, they told tall tales about Marshal Clay Halser, the fearless Civil War veteran who became known as the “Hero of the Plains” for his daring exploits in the Wild West. But the truth, as revealed in his private journals, is even more compelling.

A callow youth in search of excitement, Halser travels to the raucous cow towns of the frontier, where his steady nerve and ready trigger finger soon mark him as a gunfighter to be reckoned with. As both an outlaw and a lawman, he carves out a legendary career. But fame proves to be the one enemy he can never outdraw—and a curse that haunts him to the bitter end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A novel filled with remarkable surprises…A fine and unique book.”

    Ed Gorman, New York Times bestselling author

  • Journal of the Gun Years is a three carat diamond. Read and enjoy it without delay.”

    Max Evans, author of For the Love of Horses

  • “Breathtaking…first-rate…impossible to put down. Mr. Matheson has done something remarkable: with a single novel he has placed himself in the front rank of Western novelists.”

    Richard S. Wheeler, author of Vengeance Valley

  • “Some of the best damn writing Matheson’s done in his spectacular career.”

    Loren D. Estleman, author of Gas City

  • “The author gives his story a credibility and honesty unusual in the genre.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The best Western of the season!”


  • “In addition to keeping pace with the action and violence, Stefan Rudnicki uses his warm, rich voice to differentiate the voices of Clay and his friend, a journalist who provides background details for Clay’s story. This tightly crafted account of a legendary shooter is equally a cautionary tale on the price of fame. Rudnicki’s outstanding presentation will engage listeners.”


  • Winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kitty | 9/20/2013

    " I really tried, but I just could not get into this. I love Matheson, but I'm not a western fan - this was just too different for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ryan | 10/29/2012

    " I really enjoyed this one. Much better than the other Matheson western. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Randy | 3/21/2012

    " Told in a diary style, it's the story of a young man's rise from Civil War vet at nineteen to a legendary gunslinger/lawman and his gradual decline to a shadow of himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan | 10/24/2011

    " Very good read but also pretty depressing. It has been praised for being so realistic compared to other books in the same genre. This is the first western I have ever read and I look forward to reading more (if they come well recommended). "

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