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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