Billy (the Kid)

Peter Meech

Pueblo, Colorado, 1932. Bootleggers thrive in a town where the sheriff is on the take. This remarkable first novel reimagines the figure of Billy the Kid with verve and humor.


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It’s the waning days of Prohibition in Pueblo, Colorado, and Billy, a retired dentist, is a local celebrity, owing to his rumored past as Billy the Kid. Bootleggers thrive in this town where the sheriff is on the take and you can kill a man with impunity. When a stranger named Stokes comes to Pueblo, Billy finds himself thrust into the middle of a bootleg war against his will. At stake is nothing less than the life of his best friend and a last chance at true love. Billy tries to romance Grace, the town’s beautiful widow, but she spurns his every advance, not wanting to associate with a man who lives in a fantasy world. There is one person in town, however, who believes in Billy’s storied past – Tommy, a young boy who worships the gunslingers of old. Is Billy the legendary gunman he claims to be, or just an aging dentist with a vivid imagination? In this remarkable debut novel, Peter Meech reimagines the figure of Billy the Kid in a story told with verve, humor, grit, and grace.

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192 pages


5.5 x 8.5 in.



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