MEAN AS HELL. Line Drawings by Gene Roberts

n.p. University of New Mexico Press, 1948. Gene Roberts. First edition, first issue. Hardcover. "I want to tell you about men mean as hell. Thieves, murderers, cattle rustlers, who poured into the West in search of more "gun room." Then there were the pioneer folks, anxious to make a decent home out here, and a place safe for their families. And, of course, there were peace officers, who, day in and day out, had to depend on our guns and wits and luck to see us through. There were six of us Harkey boys ... three of the boys were assassinated, each just 21 years old. And three of us were peace officers, trailing theives and murderers, fighting the Indians, "bringing in" rustlers and killers, cleaning up vice rings, and even burning ballot boxes when it was up to us to see that the right fellow got into office. Shucks, we were shot at more than a half-hundred times, but I was only hit once. This I've never told before ... but it was by a girl I was sweet on. If you like tales about gunplay, and invividual achievement, about the West when it was wild and pretty near savage ... if you want to know how men changed their society's order and made laws stick with guns and knives and axes, then I think you'll like to read of the times I write of and the outlaws I dealt with ... the meanest men in the world!" A fine copy in brilliant dark blue cloth with bold red lettering, with red map endpapers in a near fine dust jacket with minor wear to the extremities. Item #13948

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