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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Lee Gardner Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400184897
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Billy the Kid—a.k.a. Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, and William Bonney—was a horse thief, cattle rustler, charismatic rogue, and cold-blooded killer. A superb shot, the Kid gunned down four men single-handedly and five others with the help of cronies. Two of his victims were Lincoln County, New Mexico, deputies, killed during the Kid’s brazen daylight escape from the courthouse jail on April 28, 1881. After dispensing with his guards and breaking the chain securing his leg irons, the Kid danced a macabre jig on the jail’s porch before riding away on a stolen horse as terrified townspeople—and many sympathizers—watched. For new sheriff Pat Garrett, the chase was on.

To Hell on a Fast Horse re-creates the thrilling manhunt for the Wild West’s most iconic outlaw. It is also the first dual biography of the Kid and Garrett, two larger-than-life figures who would not have become the stuff of legend without the other. Drawing on voluminous primary sources and a wealth of published scholarship, Mark Lee Gardner digs beneath the myth to take a fresh look at these two men, their relationship, and what they would come to mean to a public enamored of the violent past of the Wild West.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The double-helix relationship between Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett is one of the abiding fascinations of the West. No one has come closer than Mark Lee Gardner to capturing their twin destinies and their inevitable final collision…you can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles.”

    Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers

  • “A masterpiece! Mark Gardner’s dual biography of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett cuts through the myth to tell the real story of two real figures in the Wild West. Gardner’s scholarship is superb. This work can only be called a classic.”

    David Dary, author of Cowboy Culture: A Saga of Five Centuries

  • “Incredibly deep research combines with the talents of a fine historian and writer to produce superb narrative history. The true character and relationship of these two iconic westerners emerge to suppress myth and correct more than a century of tomes laden with bad history.”

    Robert M. Utley, author of Geronimo 

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/16/2014

    " This author knows how to tell a story! Its not my genre but i was giving it a try since i was going to be in "Kid" territory on vacation. I am glad I did. I learned a lot about the country at that time and the state of affairs in New Mexico. I feel it could have been shortened but who knows which part of the story really shaped who the Kid and Garrett became? I feel it was my lack of interest not the authors fault that i only feel i "liked" it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 1/25/2014

    " Fist time learning about Billy the Kid. Cool book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 1/19/2014

    " Read my review at my blog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph McGee | 12/31/2013

    " Good read. Interesting and objective look at Billy and Garrett, at what happened, before and after. Well written and researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Phelps | 11/28/2013

    " An intertwined tale of the lives of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid that's obviously well resesarched, but also well written. The author does a good job of describing all the related characters with all their flaws, and attractions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 10/31/2013

    " The final book on Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. I enjoyed it. A quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 10/26/2013

    " Often fascinating ... Learned much about the criminal and the mythic lawman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dware | 7/6/2013

    " Easy read--but paints a great picture of life in the Wild West. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 6/19/2013

    " Billy the Kid and sheriff Pat Garrett, the journey to justice. Events in eastern New Mexico in the 1870-90 era, details of young Bill and Pat, sept 81 end, trailing life of Pat with TR, start of Carlsbad, White Sands missile test area from farm, TX. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 B | 7/8/2012

    " Seemed to be fairly well researched but still kind of boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drtaxsacto | 5/25/2012

    " I did not know much about Billy the Kid before I read this book - it was an interesting and informative diversion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 4/2/2012

    " breezed through this one fairly fast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/15/2011

    " History can't possible be true, (Orson Wells. Or, the truth in history is hard to determine. I was amazed at the research that went into this book. I am glad it wasn't another fiction novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 7/7/2011

    " The book dies down right about the time billy the kid dies "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy Mannarino | 6/9/2011

    " Okay, I do love the title.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Williams | 3/9/2011

    " Good read. Good research and I learned a lot about Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 3/3/2011

    " The book dies down right about the time billy the kid dies "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 9/30/2010

    " The final book on Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. I enjoyed it. A quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 7/12/2010

    " History can't possible be true, (Orson Wells. Or, the truth in history is hard to determine. I was amazed at the research that went into this book. I am glad it wasn't another fiction novel. "

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About the Author

Mark Lee Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse and Shot All to Hell, which received multiple awards, including a Spur Award from Western Writers of America. An authority on the American West, Gardner has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, as well as on the History Channel, the Travel Channel, and on NPR. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, True West, Wild West, American Cowboy, and New Mexico Magazine. He lives with his family in Cascade, Colorado.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.