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Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape (Hardcover)
August 2013 Indie Next List
“Mark Gardner's Shot All to Hell is the riveting tale of the Old West's most brazen crime. Over 130 years have passed since the death of Jesse James, yet we remain fascinated by this enigmatic outlaw and his gang. By 1876, the James-Younger gang was both feared and famous. Their decision to rob the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota would prove to be a disaster. Citizens rose up to defend their town. Gardner's account of the crime and aftermath is thorough and enthralling. His recreation of the robbery, and the shoot-out that followed the two-week manhunt, is edge-of-your-seat exciting. The book's epilogue shares what fate had in store for both the heroes and villains of the Northfield raid. Gardner's passion for his subject and his vivid writing combine to make this the make Shot All to Hell the definitive book on the infamous crime. I am thrilled to have been a early reader of this great book.”
— Christopher Rose, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA
It was the most famous bank robbery of all time, involving the legendary James-Younger gang's final shocking holdup--the infamous Northfield Raid--and the thrilling two-week chase that followed. Mark Lee Gardner, author of the critically acclaimed To Hell on a Fast Horse, takes us inside Northfield's First National Bank and outside to the streets as Jesse James and his band of outlaws square off against the heroic citizens who risked their lives to defeat America's most daring criminals. With vivid detail and novelistic verve, Gardner follows the James brothers as they elude both the authorities and the furious citizen posses hell-bent on capturing them in one of the largest manhunts in the history of the United States. He reveals the serendipitous endings of the Younger brothers--Cole, Jim, and Bob--and explores the James brothers' fates after the dust settled, solving mysteries about the raid that have been hotly debated for more than 130 years.
A galloping true tale of frontier justice featuring audacious outlaws and intrepid heroes, Shot All to Hell is a riveting slice of Wild West history that continues to fascinate today.
About the Author
Mark Lee Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse, the story of Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett. An authority on the American West, Gardner has appeared on PBS's American Experience, ABC's World News, the History Channel, Encore Westerns, NPR's All Things Considered, and BBC Radio. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, American Heritage, Wild West, American Cowboy, and New Mexico magazine. Gardner lives with his family in Cascade, Colorado.