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Jesse James was a fabled outlaw, a charismatic, spiritual, larger-than-life bad man whose bloody exploits captured the imagination and admiration of a nation hungry for antiheroes. Robert Ford was a young upstart torn between dedicated worship and murderous jealousy, the "dirty little coward" who coveted Jesse's legend. The powerful, strange, and unforgettable story of their interweaving paths--and twin destinies that would collide in a rain of blood and betrayal--is a story of America in all her rough, conflicted glory and the myths that made her.
“Hansen has turned low history into high art. This is a terrific book.”
“Here is THE James book . . . Put Hansen on your bedside table.”
“This book is a wonderful achievement.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“One of our finest stylists of American historical fiction.”
-Christian Science Monitor