Johnny D. Boggs is one of the most respected Western writers working today. The recipient of the prestigious and highly coveted Western Heritage Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, two True West Best of the West Awards, and eight Spur Awards, he has won more awards than any other western author, including Louis L’Amour.
Boggs is the recipient of the 2020 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature from Western Writers of America and a member of the Western Writers Hall of Fame.
Johnny Boggs also writes for numerous magazines, including True West, Wild West, Boys’ Life and Western Art & Architecture, speaks and lectures often, studies old movies (Westerns and film noir) and even finds time to coach Little League.
This book is based on the now-legendary true story of the first cattle drive from Texas to Montana along the Bozeman Trail in 1866. Led by Nelson Story, that adventure also inspired Lonesome Dove, one of the best known and loved Westerns of all time.
Praise for Johnny D. Boggs
“Boggs’ gift for memorable storytelling rises to its highest level in Return to Red River…bringing the reader to a dramatic, page-turning cattle drive, leading to an unforgettable ending. All this is set against Boggs’ impeccable research of place and time.”
—True West on Return to Red River
“Moves with impeccable pacing and crisp realism, from its stark beginning to the fireball climax.”
—Roundup Magazine on Return to Red River
“Johnny D. Boggs’ strongest, purest Western to date. Boggs excels at describing the uniquely beautiful, if somewhat brutal, terrain of the Southwest. The Killing Shot is a Western in the classic sense, full of living, breathing characters and boasting a story that never sags.”
“Boggs’ historical asides are aided by a narrative style that drive the story along full gallop.”
—True West on The Despoilers
“Boggs has once more written a humdinger of a book with wonderful characters, even the villains. The Despoilers tears at one’s heart, which is what really good fiction should do.”
“Boggs is among the best Western writers at work today. He writes with depth, flavor, and color, all of which are evident in this right-of-passage tale…Boggs tells the familiar story with authenticity and power.”
—Booklist on The Lonesome Chisholm Trail
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