John D. Nesbitt




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  • General Fiction

    Jun-2019

    Dunbar, working on a ranch in the Niobrara country in Wyoming, connects the death of a hardscrabble homesteader with the death of an old horse trader some fifteen years earlier. As Dunbar goes to work on a corral project in town and then on fall roun...

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  • Historical

    May-2018

    Seventeen-year-old Alden Clare has plenty weighing on him: an ailing father, a restless older brother, and an impatient girlfriend. His brother argues with their father and leaves. His girlfriend, Claudette, decides she doesn't want to wait any longe...

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  • Mystery

    Nov-2017

    Wilf Kasmire is surprised to hear from his ex-girlfriend, Dawn Jenkins—and even more puzzled when she asks if she can stay with him “for a while.” The note of worry in her tone has Wilf agreeing—against his better judgment, but also wondering...

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  • Romance

    Jul-2017

    If you have grown weary of SEX and VIOLENCE-- If you feel you have overdosed with accounts of TAWDRY LUST, POLITICAL CORRUPTION, and BRUTAL MURDERS-- Try a refreshing change. Sip from the cup of comedy, parody, and satire, laced now and then with poe...

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  • Historical

    Jul-2017

    Out on a ranch in the foothills, Jim Lander is trying to get his life in order. He's trying to put his divorce behind him so he can develop a relationship with Dusty, a nice young woman who lives in town. Things get complicated, though, when he doe...

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  • Historical

    Jun-2017

    Antelope Sky: Stories of the Modern WestHere is a world of sky and sage, dust and rain, horses and saddles, pickups and gun racks—where the wild roses bloom in springtime and the wild geese fly in winter.This is a world where men and women meet, or...

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  • Historical

    Jun-2017

    Stories of a Golden WestSomewhere between John Steinbeck and Merle Haggard, these short stories are about people who work in the fields, sleep in cars and bunkhouses, and sort out the problems that life hands them. One character remembers the day Ma...

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  • Historical

    Apr-2017

    A stranger named Dunbar comes to the town of Dry Camp and goes to work at Rich Stanton’s ranch. Shortly after Dunbar’s arrival, he helps find the body of an old man named Ross Guilford. The foreman, Paul Kelso, picks a fight with a ranch hand nam...

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  • Historical

    Feb-2017

    This is a book of hard-crafted fiction set in the contemporary West, stories about life and love, loss and death, with a few laughs along the way. In selections such as “Cowboy Heart,” “Ice on the Doorstep,” “Chokecherries Are Free,” “D...

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  • Historical

    Sep-2016

    A Booklist Best Mystery 2016 Tommy Reeves and his pal Red Armstrong make friends with the Mexican people who live near the ranch where Tommy and Red work. The boys take an interest in the Mexican girls, and their foreman tells them to stay away. When...

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  • Mystery

    Aug-2016

    TWO NOVELLAS Dead for the Last Time In “Dead for the Last Time,” Larry Sterne is a free-spirited young fellow who comes back to his home town after his first year of college. He learns that an old pedophile has been found dead in an abandoned mil...

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  • Historical

    Mar-2016

    A stranger named Dunbar comes to Cantera and shows interest in the Frenchman's Quarry and the death of the owner's son twenty years earlier. Dunbar also asks about the town marshal and about Dolores Carreau, the Frenchman's widow. Bodies begin to mou...

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  • Historical Mystery

    Sep-2015

    Jim Fontaine wants to get a new start in life by settling on his own piece of land near the town of Redwillow. He isn't there very long, though, when a saloon girl named Emma turns up dead and a friend of his, Charley Drake, gets thrown in jail for t...

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  • Historical

    Mar-2015

    Elwood Lawrence‚ top hand at the Crown Butte ranch‚ tries to find out where the cattle are disappearing to. It looks like an inside job. His work becomes complicated when he develops an interest in a woman who comes to visit the ranch‚ and behi...

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  • Historical

    May-2014

    Russell Archer has come to Wyoming to fulfill his dream of having his own land. After one season of work on Lidge Mercer s ranch, he receives an offer to become a junior partner. Before long, however, Archer learns that Lidge was caught up in an old ...

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  • Historical

    May-2014

    Al and Rosalie Decker’s uninvited house guest is in no hurry to leave their ranch. Jerome Hayden is “just a little too courteous, a little too attentive”… and is making himself at home, in all the wrong ways…...

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  • Mystery

    Aug-2013

    A stranger named Dunbar comes to the town of Winsome, on the plains of Wyoming, in the 1890's. He goes to work at the Little Six ranch and begins to look into the affairs of Tut Whipple, a water project developer. The investigation starts small, with...

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  • General Fiction

    Feb-2013

    ~ Western Poetry from a true son of the American West ~ Staring into a campfire on a starry night as he listens to the coyotes howl and the cattle lowing gives a cowboy time to think, room to put his thoughts to paper, a chance to sing what's in his ...

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  • Mystery

    Sep-2012

    ~ A mystery short from the award winning author of Twin Rivers and Frost on Thin Ice ~A curious fellow by nature and with an interest in a certain young woman, I attended a poetry reading at her invitation. The poet was entertaining, but my attention...

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  • Mystery

    Jun-2012

    ~ Speculative Mystery Short by award-winning author John D. Nesbitt ~ Why would one country neighbor run down another on Main Street in front of the post office? It happened in early November... Keith Harriman was crossing the street when Jerry Fros...

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  • Mystery

    May-2012

    This collection contains seven works of fiction ranging in length from short story to novella. The stories take place in rural California from 1964 to 1970, and they continue the mystery/noir style in which John D. Nesbitt has gained recognition. The...

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  • Western

    Oct-2011

    Cactus Pete hired me to do a job—a secret sort of job for good eatin' and two bits a day, he promised. It didn't sound too bad, at first. Then he brought out this black, smelly beast he called a burro. Pierre and I took an instant dislike to each o...

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  • Western

    Apr-2011

    Good-natured Jimmy Clevis has a knack for finding people. Magdalena, his girlfriend, has a cousin who disappeared after seeking work at a ranch farther north. Jimmy travels north and pokes around under the guise of looking for work. Will he find Magd...

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  • General Fiction

    Jan-2011

    After a three-year absence, Zeke Hill returns home to the Redboot ranch a changed man, causing his brother, Gene, to wonder whether Zeke's grit and nerve are merely signs of his natural self-assurance, or that of a cold-blooded killer....

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  • Historical

    Oct-2010

    Tom Fielding rides headlong into trouble when he helps some small ranchers stand up to the big cattlemen who are trying to push them around. ...

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  • Historical

    Feb-2010

    With a lot of rustling in the area, tensions are high and rumors are flying fast and furious. Word's going around that some of the larger ranchers have hired a gunman named Wolf Carlton to stop the rustling and protect their cattle. And now a couple ...

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  • Historical

    Dec-2009

    Men and women, guns and horses, tough situations and no easy solutions—these are the features of a dozen new stories by one of the most acclaimed writers of Western fiction today. John D. Nesbitt shows once again why his work is consistently prais...

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  • Historical

    Apr-2009

    Ed Dawes will never forget that snowy day when he was a boy...the day his beloved "Pa-Pa" was murdered. And he'll never forget the face of the man who gunned the old man down in cold blood. So years later, when Ed sees that face again, he knows what ...

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  • Historical

    Oct-2008

    Will Dryden picked the wrong time to ride onto the Redstone Ranch. He was looking for a job...and a missing man. But one of the Redstone's hands was just found killed, so tensions are riding high and not everyone's eager to welcome a stranger. The mo...

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  • Historical

    Jun-2008

    Well known author John D. Nesbitt, who has delivered more than 18 historic Western novels to eager readers, now turns his hand to a contemporary Western story that sets intriguing characters against a background of the wildlife and wild lands of Wyom...

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  • Historical

    Feb-2008

    All Devon Frost was looking for was peace and quiet. An artist, he came to the remote town of Tinaja to draw the local buildings. He didn't expect to get caught in a web of lies, accusations...and murder. The suitor of a ranch owner's daughter has be...

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  • Historical

    May-2007

    Just outside the small town of Raven Springs there's a curious little inn. Is it just a coincidence that a number of missing people spent their last night there? That's what Jimmy Clevis aims to find out. He's tracking down a man who seems to have va...

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  • Historical

    Jun-2006

    Lyle McGavin is a very dangerous man. He's one of the most powerful land developers in the area, an overbearing bully who's used to having his own way and who's definitely not above using threats and physical harm to get what he wants or protect what...

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  • Historical

    Jul-2005

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  • Historical

    Nov-2004

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  • Historical

    Nov-2003

    Clevis always says that when he sees a pretty girl walking down the street and looking over her shoulder, he pays attention, especially if she is walking fast. From the time he sees Helen hurrying down the street, Clevis knows she is in some sort of ...

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  • Historical

    Feb-2003

    Braden isn't looking for trouble. He is just a ranch hand, out looking for stray horses. But trouble finds him. He hears about someone doing something pretty low and getting away with it, and it starts to work on his mind. Then the man who told him i...

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  • Historical

    Jun-2002

    Tom Atkins is out of work. So when the Norden brothers ride into his camp one night and offer him a job, he figures he might as well accept. The Norden boys are nice enough and they just bought a small ranch nearby. All things considered, Atkins coul...

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  • Historical

    May-2001

    On his way to the Laramie Mountains from the Wolf River, Owen Felver makes his camp outside of Cameron, Wyoming. While in town, he defends a young woman who is accosted. Soon after that, Owen decides to stay in Cameron, but a gang of thugs determine ...

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  • Historical

    Oct-2000

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  • Historical

    Jan-2000

    Fired from his last ranch job when a friend of his plots against the owner, Travis Quinn seeks another job in the Powder River country, and when he links up with Miles Newman, he does not suspect that he is about to have guilt-by-association problems...

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  • Historical

    May-1998

    When he comes upon two hardcases threatening a helpless girl, Pete Garnett is forced to shoot the men, but he soon becomes aware that the crooks' partner has seen him and is out to get rid of any witnesses...

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  • Historical

    Sep-1997

    This is a collection of nine western stories, ranging from gunfights to romance. Men and women alike have enjoyed these selections.Each story has the features of good western writing—a clearly etched setting, memorable characterization, an original...

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  • Historical

    Jun-1997

    When his new neighbor, Van O'Leary, approaches him with a money-making scam, homesteader Henry Sommers learns that freeing himself of O'Leary is much harder then it looks and extremely dangerous. Original....

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  • Historical

    Dec-1995

    Having filed a claim on a piece of land, hoping it will be worth something when the railroad goes through, Clay Westbrook confronts the ruthless ambitions of Theodore Sutton, who will stop at nothing to get all of Clay's property. Reprint....

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  • Historical

    Mar-1994

    After a three-year absence, Zeke Hill returns home to the Redboot ranch a changed man, causing his brother, Gene, to wonder whether Zeke's grit and nerve are merely signs of his natural self-assurance, or that of a cold-blooded killer. Original....

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