To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West

To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West

Mark Lee Gardner / May 28, 2020

To Hell on a Fast Horse Billy the Kid Pat Garrett and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West So richly detailed you can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles Hampton Sides New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers No outlaw typifies America s mythic Wild West than

  • Title: To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West
  • Author: Mark Lee Gardner
  • ISBN: 9780061945694
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • So richly detailed, you can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers No outlaw typifies America s mythic Wild West than Billy the Kid To Hell on a Fast Horse by Mark Lee Gardner is the riveting true tale of Sheriff Pat Garrett s thrilling, break neck chase in pursuit of the notoriou So richly detailed, you can almost smell the gunsmoke and the sweat of the saddles Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers No outlaw typifies America s mythic Wild West than Billy the Kid To Hell on a Fast Horse by Mark Lee Gardner is the riveting true tale of Sheriff Pat Garrett s thrilling, break neck chase in pursuit of the notorious bandit David Dary calls To Hell on a Fast Horse, A masterpiece, and Robert M Utley calls it, Superb narrative history This is spellbinding historical adventure at its very best, recalling James Swanson s New York Times bestseller Manhunt about the search for Lincoln s assassin, John Wilkes Booth as it fills in with fascinating detail the story director Sam Peckinpah brought to the screen in his classic film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

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    About "Mark Lee Gardner"

      • Mark Lee Gardner

        Mark Lee Gardner grew up in the small town of Breckenridge, Missouri pop 500 , in the heart of historic Jesse James country He has written extensively about the American West, on subjects such as the Santa Fe Trail, George Armstrong Custer, Bent s Old Fort, Geronimo, and Billy the Kid His book on the 1876 Northfield raid by the notorious James Younger gang, Shot All To Hell, received the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best western nonfiction historical book, the Best Book Award from the Wild West History Association, and the Milton F Perry Award for Best Nonfiction Book His most recent effort, Rough Riders, won the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award, the Father Thomas J Steele Award for History, and the Colorado Book Award for Biography Mark holds a master s degree in American Studies from the University of Wyoming and a bachelor s degree in history and journalism double major from Northwest Missouri State University Mark is also a performer of the historic music of the American West His most recent CD is Outlaws Songs of Robbers, Rustlers, and Rogues Listen to the CD and order at CDBaby markleegardner.In addition to his historical research and writing, Mark s passions include rare books and ephemera historic photography old time, bluegrass, and classic country music and hunting, mainly calling up big toms in the spring.Mark is married with two children and lives with his family at the foot of majestic Pikes Peak.Follow Mark on Instagram mark_lee_gardner


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    1. People were complicated even in the days of the cowboy. Pat Garrett might have been the standup lawman who trailed Billy the Kid and brought him to justice, but, as Gardner takes pains to note, Garrett had issues of his own, managing to waste the good name he earned in his most famous venture in a series of bad business deals, excessive consumption of alcohol, and an affinity for gambling. The book focuses most of its attention on Garret. William Bonney, among his other aliases, was what we migh [...]


    2. Let’s begin with a movie question. What historical individual has been the subject of more films than any other individual?Yep, that would be Henry McCarty aka Henry Antrim aka “Kid” Antrim aka Billy Bonney aka “The Kid” aka “Billy the Kid.” Beginning in 1911, more than fifty films have been produced with him as a character – and nearly always as the principal character. It is difficult to pinpoint the best of the lot, but the bottom of the barrel is Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (19 [...]


    3. I have no problem reading a book about a fictional character who is a scum sucking, murdering, slimy piece of crap. But, when it's a real guy who caused real pain for a lot of people, I kind of lose my taste for it pretty quickly. Maybe that's why it took me 21 days to read this relatively short book, though to be fair - the author does not go out of his way to paint Billy the Kid as a hero.It's just that everybody else did it for him.------------------------------------------------------------- [...]


    4. I thought I knew this story better, but Gardner demolishes that notion. But he does it in a way that's far from dry-as-dust history. He maintains an understandable dose of romanticism, especially when it comes to The Kid. There's just not that much known about him, and Billy clearly muddied the waters with lies and half-truths. There are a couple of howlers. I groaned when I read the upcoming confrontation between Billy and Pat Garrett had the makings of a "tragedy for the ages." Oh, come on. Th [...]


    5. This is the best account I've read regarding the fallout from the Lincoln County war. Gardner has been meticulous in his research and has presented Garrett and Bonney/Antrim/McCarthy in a fair and unbiased manner, warts and all. And you can be sure they each had more than their fair share of warts. I liked the way that Gardner provided a brief biographical sketch of many of the supporting players in this drama, or at least enough so that you are able to figure out each player's motivation. He ha [...]


    6. To Hell On A Fast Horse is a concise and very readable dual biography of the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid - and lawman Pat Garrett - who shot and killed him. Volumes have been written – including a book by Garrett – on Billy and the day of his demise, but in reality there is very little that is actually known of “the Kid”. For instance just what Billy’s “real” name was and his birthplace can spark Old West “experts” into arguing. To alleviate this confusion the author takes a [...]


    7. There has been so much written about Billy the Kid it is interesting to hear an account that links his bio with that of his killer, Pat Garrett. Billy has taken on legendary, almost heroic status as a romantic outlaw. There seems little doubt that despite his iconic and romantic reputation he was a cold blooded killer, tagged with multiple killings over a relatively short space of time. These killings included lawmen and innocents so he isn't really a charming figure.Garrett's reputation seems t [...]


    8. The book is a fairly interesting look at how Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid's lives overlapped. I would really like to have seen more about the "legendization" of Billy the Kid and the concurrent demonization of Garrett. Gardner brings it up and touches on it slightly, but it doesn't seem to go far enough. I did find interesting that Garrett was censured by many for not gving Billy the Kid a far fight at his death, which would have been stupid, and yet none of those same critics ever mention the [...]


    9. Pat Garrett is known as the man who chased down Billy the Kid. If you've ever seen Young Guns, the first half of this book will be very familiar. (If you haven't what's wrong with you?) There's a bit of history about where the Kid came from, and then where Garrett came from, and then the chase is on. The second half of the book follows Garrett after the Kid is captured. He had a long history as a lawman, a gambler, and a guy who had a lot of bad investments. The second half isn't nearly as inter [...]


    10. Well before 'little green men' appeared in Roswell, NM, and before atomic bomb testing took place at White Sands, NM, Henry McCarty and Pat Garret created their own explosive scenarios in those Western towns.Henry McCarty/William Antrium/William Bonney, or, as he was became better known by the name of 'Kid/Billy the Kid, is still one of America's most well-recognized bad men - a Western outlaw who began his ride to hell at a very young age, and who was finally dispatched from the scene by a form [...]


    11. Compré este libro porque la crítica de Hagakure en Hislibris me entusiasmó. También la menciono aquí porque es tan completa que me va a evitar dar muchos datos con el fin de centrarme en mis sensaciones. Al infierno en un caballo veloz es una biografía compartida de Billy el Niño, el forajido más popular del Viejo Oeste, y de su perseguidor y asesino, Pat Garrett. El modo que tenemos de percibir la historia muchas veces no tiene nada que ver con la ciencia de los hechos, y los adjetivos [...]


    12. I would have probably given this 3.5 stars if there was a way how. This is my second Billy the Kid book. The first being "Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride" by M. Wallis. "To Hell on a Fast Horse" differs to Wallis' book in that THFH concentrates on both Billy and Pat Garrett's lives. The book actually goes further into Garrett's life than Billy's it seems which offers an interesting overview of the era. The stories of Billy were very similar to the first book. However, I do think the account on h [...]


    13. The old west comes alive in this dual biography of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. Since the lives of the outlaw and the lawman were so intertwined, it only seems natural that their stories are told concurrently. This well-researched and heavily annotated account brings a lot of interesting details to light, such as Billy’s escape by climbing up the inside of a narrow, sooty chimney.It’s not the typical romanticized version of good versus evil. Both characters have strengths and flaws, the di [...]


    14. Lots of books on Billy the Kid but very few on Pat Garrett. What's really sad is the story of Pat Garrett and how the outlaw is remembered more than the lawman. Pat Garrett was murdered near Las Cruces shortly before New Mexico achieved statehood and his murderer never brought to justice. I found the story of Garrett far more fascinating, as well as the capriciousness of justice in New Mexico even after the Lincoln County War. People of wealth and connection routinely got away with murder even w [...]


    15. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected I would. Gardner did a good job researching the events, and each individual's characteristics, mannerisms, and physical attributes came across clearly. However, I felt like I was reading the book for the strange and true history, and not because of the writing.In parts the writing was confusing, almost as if Gardner forgot that the public doesn't know the story as well as he does. Names and places blur by, and while Gardner explains them, there isn' [...]


    16. More a biography of Garrett than Billy's This book reads like a later Clint Eastwood Western. With flawed good guys and sympathetic bad guys, at least to a point. My problem with the book was that it meandered. it would tell random short biographies of people very much tangential to the story being told almost like it was trying to add pages just so the book would not be too short. The parts about billy and Garretts intertwining stories is outstanding as well as the retelling of the Lincoln Coun [...]


    17. Fun, fast read that details both Billy (the Kid) and what happened to Pat Garrett after he killed him. If you've read a billy book you'll like this one. If you haven't, this is a good start. Recommended. Fair.


    18. A fun, straight forward read about Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett and how forever changed Garrett's life was after bringing Billy the Kid down.



    19. A rollicking adventure with everyone committing murder - good guys, bad guys and otherwise. It is easy to see how outlaws garner public support when the law is so easily corrupted. One of the most interesting things I learned in this book is that the man who wrote Ben-Hur (the book, not the screenplay) was also the military man who showed up late to the battle of Shiloh and governor of the New Mexico territory who signed the death warrant for Billy the Kid. What a life!Not many happy endings in [...]



    20. Intensely researched this is an interesting story about Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett the sheriff who hunted down and killed him as well as about the times in New Mexico in the 1870's to 1900. Quotes I loved from the book:"I don't think history can possibly be true" Orson Welles"God created man and Sam Colt made them equal" Western Adage"Fame is a food that dead men eat." Henry AustinBilly the Kid was a thief,good with a gun and could ride a horse like a Comanche. He was very likable fellow who [...]


    21. The author really researched and did a great job of telling the stories of Billy The Kid and Pat Garrett. It was interesting, but not my favorite genre.


    22. To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid Pat, Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West by Mark Lee GardnerThe name of Billy the Kid is known far and wide as the young desperado of the Lincoln County War in New Mexico. Tales of his daring and speed with a gun have been spun in books, movies, and television shows. He has became a larger than life antihero, a bad guy that people still cheer for, and that Pat Garrett is still accused of murdering.Behind all the hoopla, who was Billy the [...]


    23. There have been dozens of books written about Billy the Kid, so why pick up To Hell on a Fast Horse? Because of Mark Lee Gardner’s meticulous research which, in my opinion, gives far more substance to this subject than so many others written about the famous outlaw and the sheriff who hunted him down. The last 80 or so pages are all source notes because Gardner seems to have combed through every newspaper, journal, personal diary, and interview that ever mentioned William Bonney, Pat Garrett, [...]


    24. What is wrong with the following sentence in a factual account of events?"Bob and Jack faced off, each pointing a gun at each other. Bob realized that Jack had the drop on him, a split second before Bob was shot by Jack."This is not a quote from the book, but something like it happens time and time again. So does:"Bill and Ted were alone on the plain. Bill pulled a gun, which Ted wasn't expecting. Luckily, Ted was the fastest gun in the world, ever, and shot bill four hundred and twenty seven ti [...]


    25. This book is the story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, and what makes it a really good book is that, for Gardner, that story does not end with Billy's death. It isn't a simple story, either. Gardner is very aware of the ethical questions that writers like John Boessenecker avoid and very aware of the forces pulling and pushing against each other in New Mexico in the 1880s. Billy wasn't an outlaw because he was a "badman," although he was certainly not a good man, either. He was an outlaw becau [...]


    26. We have all heard, read, and seen movies that tell the lives of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. I venture to say that a great majority of the information was either false or made up. Mark Lee Gardner lies to rest all the lies, fabrications, and glorification of these two men.History lovers will love the fact that Gardner has done a magnificent job researching the book, and this brought out in the "Notes" and "Resources" section of the book. He also succeeds in making the story not only readable, [...]


    27. Until I read this book I had only read mythological accounts of Billy the Kid, which usually contain nothing of Pat Garrett’s life. Books and movies have mythologized Bill they Kid as a Robin Hood type, happy go lucky outlaw and Pat Garrett is demonized as a cowardly man who shot him down in the dark.This book dispels those myths and gives a fuller account of the lives of both these men in a well written and documented dual biography. The book walks through the early life of both men, with Wil [...]


    28. Heroes, outlaws and the triumph of personal brand This was a great book about a legendary figure who looms large in the American psyche — Billy the Kid. After meeting his maker at the hands of Pat Garrett, the reputation of the dashing young outlaw took on a larger than death shine elevating him to somewhere just above Bonnie and Clyde and just below Robin Hood. According the author, who seemed to draw mostly from the unvarnished historical record, Billy the Kid was a thief, cold-blooded kille [...]


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