“The ultimate guilty pleasure book!” – San Antonio Express News
The line between history and mythology is razor thin—and the American Southwest often erases the line altogether. We might never disentangle crime-fact from fiction, but this book will transport you to Billy the Kid’s real-life stomping grounds, legendary Tombstone, the childhood home of one of the worst al Qaeda terrorists, and the scenes of dozens of crimes throughout Arizona and New Mexico’s history.
OUTLAW SOUTHWEST continues the series that critics, true-crime fans, historians, and travelers have hailed as “thorough and unflinching” and “the best damn crime travel series ever published!” Dozens of fascinating stories in OUTLAW SOUTHWEST are told in the same fast-paced, enthralling voice that’s made Ron Franscell one of America’s most beloved crime writers… and the Crime Buff’s Guides™ a three-time winner of TrueCrimeZine.com’s Book of the Year!
From The Author:
Like all the other books in the Crime Buff’s Guide™ series, OUTLAW SOUTHWEST was a labor love. Love for history. Love for travel. Love for storytelling. Between the deeper, darker books I write, these popular Crime Buff’s Guides™ transported me away to paces, events, times, and people with whom I spent a moment, then moved on.
This book will transport you, too. To the scene of one of the bloodiest prison riots in American history, the site of a town so evil it had to die, the compound of a polygamist cult leader who continues to rule his followers from prison, and the exact location of a post-war UFO hoax that bilked ordinary people out of their savings. It will point the way to spots where infamous crime figures—John Dillinger, Doc Holliday, Billy the Kid, Bonnie & Clyde, and Wyatt Earp, among others—once stood. It will take you to the many places in our Wildest West where ordinarily law-abiding people finally grew impatient with justice and took the law into their own hands.
Did you know …
Tombstone’s legendary Gunfight at the OK Corral didn’t actually happen at the OK Corral?
The confessed killer of Sheriff Pat Garrett was acquitted of murder in one of the most rigged jury trials in American history?
Bank robber John Dillinger and his gang were arrested in Tucson after a freak fire forced them out of their downtown hotel hideout?
One of the world’s most dangerous al Qaeda recruiters was born in Las Cruces, NM?
Praise for OUTLAW SOUTHWEST:
“It’s a breezy, guilty-pleasure read—perfect for summer vacations because you can put it down and pick it up without losing your place (but you won’t want to put it down). For those of who week true-crime stories, it’s a fascinating look at the dark side.” — TUCSON (AZ) SENTINEL
“Well researched… Armchair detectives will enjoy the tales, but the book’s purpose is to take the reader to the scene of the crime.” — ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL