Meet the Author: Tom Clavin - "The Last Outlaws: The Desperate Final Days of the Dalton Gang"

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Author Tom Clavin presents his newest book THE LAST OUTLAWS: THE DESPERATE FINAL DAYS OF THE DALTON GANG at the Spencer Road branch rooms L&M. 

A copy of THE LAST OUTLAWS must be purchased to join the signing line. 

Third Wheel Brewing will also join us and will be selling beverages to be enjoyed during the event! 


As the west became more populated at the close of the 18th century, law enforcement eventually overcame the lawlessness that had characterized an earlier American western frontier. However, one more epic battle was to play out. The infamous Dalton gang would ride into Coffeyville, Kansas on the morning of October 5th , 1892, with a bold (or maniacal) plan to rob two banks simultaneously, with five men.

Tom Clavin tells this story as only the foremost contemporary writer of the American West can. Starting with their legacy, as cousins to the Youngers of the James-Younger gang, and their early days working in law enforcement, Tom tells the page-turning story of brothers who became disillusioned with the life, and pay, of lawmen, and turned to crime. They robbed stages and trains and were particularly adept at staying out of jail. They figured one final grand heist would leave them with enough cash to hightail it to Mexico and retire, but the townspeople had other ideas.

This is a fascinating, yet not widely known, story of the last days of the western frontier; the lawmen, settlers, and native Americans who inhabited this region, and the last outlaws. Tom has once again done the deep research and delivered the goods. I have never seen a movie western that could compare to Tom’s description of this firefight.

About Tom Clavin

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TOM CLAVIN is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has worked as a newspaper editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for The New York Times. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association. His books include the bestselling Frontier Lawmen trilogy—Wild Bill, Dodge City, and Tombstone—and Blood and Treasure with Bob Drury. He lives in Sag Harbor, NY.

To check out books at the Library by Tom Clavin click HERE

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