Billy the Kid is famous as a stone cold killer. Mr. Sippy meets him on a cold mountaintop, alone but for his mule. Billy is entertained by the easterner who fell in love with the romance of the west through reading and eventually writing dime western novels. It is cold, Mr. Sippy is alone, and there are hostile Indians about, after his first fright in meeting Billy, his next thought is to tag along and not be left alone. Things have not gone as planned for Mr. Sippy since he left behind his prosperous life in Pennsylvania with his wife and nine daughters. The west has proved to be challenging to his skills. Billy’s friend Joe Lovelady soon showed up with their mounts, as Billy predicted he would, and the three men head down the mountain toward Greasy Corner and destiny. Billy is just a kid when he meets Mr. Sip-py, his reputation far exceeding any real exploits. But he is on his way to fame and Mr. Sippy is along for the ride, there to set the record straight as Billy’s violence escalates in an attempt to keep up with his reputation. McMurty liberally spices the story with humor.— Deon Stonehouse
The first time I saw Billy he came walking out of a cloud....Welcome to the wild, hot-blooded adventures of Billy the Kid, the American West's most legendary outlaw. Larry McMurtry takes us on a hell-for-leather journey with Billy and his friends as they ride, drink, love, fight, shoot, and escape their way into the shining memories of Western myth. Surrounded by a splendid cast of characters that only Larry McMurtry could create, Billy charges headlong toward his fate, to become in death the unforgettable desperado he aspires to be in life. Not since Lonesome Dove has there been such a rich, exciting novel about the cowboys, Indians, and gunmen who live at the blazing heart of the American dream.
Anything for Billy does for the gunfighter what Lonesome Dove did for the trail-driving cowboy...wistful appeal, larger-than-life characters.
One of McMurtry's best...Stunning.
The Seattle Times
Storytelling at its best, the West at its fiercest, and McMurtry in his prime.