Billy (the Kid)
Pueblo, Colorado, 1932. Bootleggers thrive in a town where the sheriff is on the take. This remarkable first novel reimagines the figure of Billy the Kid with verve and humor.
It’s the waning days of Prohibition in Pueblo, Colorado, and Billy, a retired dentist, is a local celebrity, owing to his rumored past as Billy the Kid. Bootleggers thrive in this town where the sheriff is on the take and you can kill a man with impunity. When a stranger named Stokes comes to Pueblo, Billy finds himself thrust into the middle of a bootleg war against his will. At stake is nothing less than the life of his best friend and a last chance at true love. Billy tries to romance Grace, the town’s beautiful widow, but she spurns his every advance, not wanting to associate with a man who lives in a fantasy world. There is one person in town, however, who believes in Billy’s storied past – Tommy, a young boy who worships the gunslingers of old. Is Billy the legendary gunman he claims to be, or just an aging dentist with a vivid imagination? In this remarkable debut novel, Peter Meech reimagines the figure of Billy the Kid in a story told with verve, humor, grit, and grace.
5.5 x 8.5 in.