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A new novel from Ron Hansen, the award-winning author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, about an iconic American criminal of the old West: legendary outlaw, Billy the Kid.

Born Henry McCarty, Billy the Kid was a diminutive, charming, blond-haired young man who, growing up in New York, Kansas, and later New Mexico, demonstrated a precocious dexterity at firing six-shooters with either hand—a skill that turned him into an American legend of the old West. He was smart, well-spoken, attractive to both white and Mexican women, a good dancer, and a man with a nose for money, horses, and trouble. His spree of crimes and murders has been immortalized in dime westerns, novels, and movies. But the whole story of his short, epically violent life has never been told as it has been here.

In The Kid, Ron Hansen showcases his masterful research and inimitable style as he breathes life into history, bringing listeners back into the late 1800s and into Billy’s boyhood as a ranch hand just trying to wrest a fortune from an unforgiving landscape. We are with Billy in every gunfight and horse theft, and we get to know him in full before his grand death in a hail of bullets in 1881 at the age of twenty-one.

Original, powerful, and swiftly told, The Kid is an unforgettable listen about a uniquely American antihero.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Billy has been portrayed as a scapegoat for corrupt politicians, a maniacal killer, and varying combinations of those extremes. As Hansen says at the end of his book, the Kid has become ‘to a great degree each person’s wild invention.’ This is Hansen’s version—a wisecracking daredevil.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Entertaining and lively, a portrayal of swift and deadly frontier justice…Hansen’s colorful description of the New Mexico Territory as a lawless land of lying politicians and thieving businessmen is historically accurate, resulting in an excellent, transportive read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A portrait of the world-famous, short-lived outlaw and the milieu that created his myth…Hansen has done his research…The novel’s strength is its understanding of the fluidity of authority in ‘a West where judgments of legality go to the highest bidder or at the insistence of a gun.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Hansen’s is a truly wondrous talent, and The Kid is a truly wondrous book.”

    Tom McNeal, author of To Be Sung Underwater

  • “Stunning…Creates a time and a place and a young man, half killer, half kid, who even in his lifetime earned the status of a myth. Mesmerizing.”

    Paul Mariani, author of The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens

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