A Lawless Breed

  • by Chuck Parsons, Norman Wayne Brown
  • Narrated by Jim Sartor
  • 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Wesley Hardin! His name spread terror in much of Texas in the years following the Civil War as the most wanted fugitive, with a $4,000 reward on his head. A Texas Ranger wrote that he killed men just to see them kick. Hardin began his killing career in the late 1860s and remained a wanted man until his capture in 1877 by Texas Rangers and Florida law officials. He certainly killed 20 men; some credited him with killing 40 or more.
After 16 years in Huntsville prison, he was pardoned by Governor Hogg. For a short while, he avoided trouble and roamed westward, eventually establishing a home of sorts in wild and woolly El Paso as an attorney. He became embroiled in the dark side of that city and eventually lost his final gunfight to an El Paso constable, John Selman. Hardin was 42 years old.
Besides his reputation as the deadliest man with a six-gun, he left an autobiography in which he detailed many of the troubles of his life. In A Lawless Breed, Chuck Parsons and Norman Wayne Brown have meticulously examined his claims against available records to determine how much of his life story is true, and how much was only a half truth, or a complete lie. This deeply researched biography of Hardin and his friends and family will remain the definitive study for years to come.
The book is published by University of North Texas Press.

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What the Critics Say

"A Lawless Breed will likely become a classic." (True West)
"Readers of gunfighter lore will embrace this fine biography, and so will Texans in general." (Bill O'Neal, author of The Johnson-Sims Feud)

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Wild Wild West

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to any friend who is fond of westerns. I am very interested in westerns, both fiction and non. This one did not disappoint.


What about Jim Sartor’s performance did you like?

He was a good narrator, good flow, easy listen.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was an entertaining biography.


Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this review copy via Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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- cafurg "Cindy"

historical biography,

I received this book free from ebalst, and this is my unbiased opion. Everything you wanted to know about Hardin. a little dry, if you're doing research definitely worth a listen
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- Amazon Customer "I listen all the time"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-29-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks