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Lucky Billy

3 Ratings: 3.7
A book by John Vernon

Billy the Kid rides again in this literary retelling of his legendary and bloody career. The story begins with his bold escape from the Lincoln, N.Mex., jail in April 1881, then flashes back to his capture by former friend Sheriff Pat Garrett. The narrative … see full wiki

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Author: John Vernon
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co
3 reviews about Lucky Billy
review by . September 17, 2008
Vernon bookends this fictional account with the bare and well-worn facts of Billy the Kid's infamous escape from the Lincoln County jail, and his shooting death by Pat Garrett a few weeks later. In the Kid's short and violent life, these are the best-documented events, so Vernon wisely doesn't try to change or enhance the facts.    The story really takes flight in between as Vernon recounts the Kid's involvement in the Lincoln County war between competing groups of cattlemen, …
review by . September 17, 2008
"What Vernon has done for us is to pull the background forward and drop the characters into it, creating more of a balance between the two than is generally found, and thus the story is more character study than western." So says Hrafnkell Haraldsson in his review here dated September 11, 2008, and I think his point is well taken.    Look, I'm just a bit disheartened by my sometimes erudite fellow reviewers here, some of whom have panned the book and vilified the author because …
review by . September 10, 2008
To guys of a certain age, Billy the Kid is still a legendary figure because, at one time or the other, almost all of us strapped on our six-shooters and pretended to be him. He looked so cool in western movies and television shows that we didn't care that he was really one of life's bad guys. We just wanted to be him.    John Vernon's Lucky Billy, although a fictional account, is a much more realistic version of the life and times of Billy Bonney than the ones told in those old …
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