They were the first and only all-female gang in the American West. Though the newspapers refuse to give them credit, their exploits don't go unnoticed. Now, they've got a rival male gang on their trail and an old score to settle.
Margaret Parker and Hattie LaCour never intended to turn outlaw.
After being run off their ranch by a greedy cattleman, their family is left destitute. As women alone they have few choices: marriage, lying on their backs for money, or holding a gun. For Margaret and Hattie the choice is simple. With their small makeshift family, the gang pulls off a series of heists across the West.
Though the newspapers refuse to give the female gang credit, their exploits don't go unnoticed. Pinkertons are on their trail, a rival male gang is determined to destroy them, and secrets among the group threaten to tear them apart. Now, Margaret and Hattie must find a way to protect their family, finish one last job, and avoid the hangman's noose.
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"Melissa Lenhardt has created a bold new story where women have taken their rightful place in the narrative of the Outlaw Western genre; where wit, wisdom and wiles could mean the difference between life and death, and where the fellowship of women bested every challenge."—Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter
"Readers who relish an unusual narrative structure will enjoy this unique take on the traditional western."
"A rollicking, engrossing book that'll keep you reading well past your bedtime."—BookPage
"Packs a big punch with grit and raw passion. There is mystery, murder, Indians, bounty hunters and intrigue. The women are brave, intelligent and don't take crap from anyone. Lenhardt is a talented, creative writer; she has a grand slam out of the park with Sawbones
."—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) 4.5 stars on Sawbones
"Raw, gritty and sometimes graphic, Melissa Lenhardt has crafted a page-turner. In Sawbones
, the women are smart, brave and at times 'incorrigible.' The plot twists, unique characters and intriguing story of passion and betrayal make this a book well worth discovering."—Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of A Light in the Wilderness on Sawbones
"Melissa Lenhardt has given us an amazing heroine and sent her on a thrilling journey from the teeming streets of New York City to the vast wilderness of the Texas frontier. Dr. Catherine Bennett's adventure will keep you turning pages long into the night!"—Victoria Thompson, USA Today bestselling author of Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue, on Sawbones
"Absolutely loved it! I couldn't tear myself away from Sawbones.
An epic story of love and courage that sweeps from east to west, Sawbones
will rip right through you."—Marci Jefferson, author of Girl on the Golden Coin and Enchantress of Paris on Sawbones
"You will fall in love with Catherine, as I did, as she struggles to assert herself in a violent and treacherous world, fighting not only prejudice but evil. Melissa Lenhardt's heroine is a passionate, compassionate woman, who must deal with Indians and bounty hunters, fear and injustice -- and even love."—Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author, on Sawbones
"It was damn brilliant and I absolutely loved it!...Mix of loveliness with the book's vicious, ruthless side that made Sawbones
so compelling...You can be sure I'll be devouring [Blood Oath
] as soon as I can get my hands on it."—Bibliosanctum (4.5 stars) on Sawbones
is a thoroughly original, smart and satisfying hybrid, perhaps a new subgenre: the feminist Western."—Lone Star Literary Life on Sawbones