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The American West is a favorite setting for adventure stories about lawmen, outlaws, cowboys, pioneers, Native Americans, homesteaders and other adventurous spirits. Westerns often feature a strong, independent male hero and offer a lot of action and a fast-moving plot.

The Log of a Cowboy: A Narrative of the Old Trail Days
Andy Adams

A Long and Winding Road: A Novel of the Mountain Men
Win Blevins

The Cane Creek Regulators: A Frontier Story
Johnny D. Boggs

Out of the Wilderness: A Western Story
Max Brand

Border Snakes
Peter Brandvold

Bill Doolin American Outlaw
Bill Brooks

Border Reprisal
Tim Champlin

Dusty Barnett
James Clay

The Elk-Dog Heritage
Don Coldsmith

Atascocita Gold
Kent Conwell

Midnight Rider
Ralph W. Cotton

Trail’s End
Mack Curlee

St. Agnes’ Stand
Tom Eidson

Long High Noon
Loren D. Estleman

The Man from Laramie
T.T. Flynn

Riders of the Purple Sage
Zane Grey

The Big Sky
A.B. Guthrie, Jr.

Once in the Saddle
L.P. Holmes

Guns along the Brazos
Owen G. Irons

Matt Jensen: The Last Mountain Man*
William W. Johnstone

The Buckskin Line
Elmer Kelton

Gerald Kolpan

Louis L’Amour

Three-Ten to Yuma: And Other Stories
Elmore Leonard

The Outfit: To Hell and Back
Matthew P. Mayo

Hard Country
Michael McGarrity

The Berrybender Narratives
Larry McMurtry

Good Water
John D. Nesbitt

True Grit
Charles Portis

Superstition Trail
L.W. Rogers

Outlaws of the Brasada: A Western Duo
Les Savage

Jack Schaefer

Beartooth Incident
Jon Sharpe

Sun Going Down
Jack Todd

These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901
Nancy E. Turner

The Englishman’s Boy
Guy Vanderhaeghe

Witness Seeker
Stone Wallace

Storm in Paradise Valley
Charles G. West

The Far Tribes: A Barnaby Skye Novel
Richard S. Wheeler

The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains
Owen Wister

The Poacher’s Daughter
Michael Zimmer


You will find that many of the authors on this list have written other westerns. Among the prolific are: Johnny D. Boggs, Max Brand, Kent Conwell, Zane Grey, William W. Johnstone, Louis L’Amour, Jon Sharpe and Richard S. Wheeler.


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