Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape (Paperback)

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Born of meticulous research and a lifelong obsession with the
James-Younger Gang, SHOT ALL TO HELL is Mark Lee Gardner's rip-roaring
ride through one of the most dramatic episodes in Old West outlaw
history. The 1876 Northfield Raid, the last ill-fated heist undertaken
by Jesse James and his cohorts, erupted into a town-wide firefight as
citizens took up arms to repel the outlaws, culminating in one of the
largest manhunts in US history. In gripping prose supported by copious
primary sources (including many eyewitness testimonies), Gardner
recounts the botched robbery hour by hour. Moreover, he provides
essential background information on all members of the gang, humanizing
the legends while also illustrating how they were all but destined to
become outlaws. Historically accurate and written with all the
page-turning immediacy of a novel, SHOT ALL TO HELL will engross you.

— Keaton

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


Shot All to Hell by Mark Lee Gardner recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time.
Follow the Wild West’s most celebrated gang of outlaws as they step inside Northfield’s First National Bank and back out on the streets to square off with heroic citizens who risked their lives to defend justice in Minnesota.
With compelling details that chronicle the two-week chase that followed—the near misses, the fateful mistakes, and the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River, Shot All to Hell is a galloping true tale of frontier justice from the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Mark Lee Gardner.

Praise For…

Rollicking. ... Equal parts violent melodrama and meticulous procedural... with enough bloody action to engage readers enthralled by tales of good versus evil.”

Superb. ... Mr. Gardner earns an A+ for his research and an A++ for his writing.

“An elegant narrative that’s as entertaining as it is historically accurate… A must-read.”

“Action packed…A gripping read and probably tells all there is to tell about a legendary group of psychopaths.”

“[This] bullet-by-bullet account... sheds considerable light on a neglected aspect of the gang’s life of crime... well done.”

Rewarding. ... Gardner’s re-creation of the Northfield Raid... orchestrates the often-unwieldy particulars of the event with considerable virtuosity. ... It would be hard to imagine a more thorough account.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061989483
ISBN-10: 0061989487
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Pages: 320
Language: English