His name was Jim, but James Butler Hickok became WILD BILL. He was an icon, a superstar, more famous in his day than the President. Wild Bill Hickok was an American frontier legend.
Tom Clavin, author of the #1 NY Times bestseller Dodge City, returns to the Wild West with WILD BILL: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunslinger. WILD BILL is dramatic, thoroughly researched and completely entertaining.
Hickok’s was a gunslinger, a “shootist” – the American frontier’s first and most famous. His reputation and fame were both a blessing and a curse. While he “never killed a man who didn’t need killing,” many of the men he sent to Boot Hill had come to shoot him simply to gain a reputation of their own.
Before he earned the moniker WILD BILL, Jim Hickok was just another young man looking for adventure. He was a successful Union spy, working behind enemy lines. He was a scout, mule team driver and sharpshooter. But his life changed in 1865 when the first ever recorded quick-draw duel left former friend Davis Tutt dead on the street.
An 1867 article in New Harper’s Monthly Magazine introduced the world to Wild Bill and gave him a reputation he spent his life living up to. He looked and dressed the part: tall, thin, handsome, fearless, generous, and a wizard with his matched Colt pistols. Men feared him; women loved him. (And to add to his appeal with the latter, he bathed every day, a true anomaly in the Old West.)
Hickok became a U.S. Marshall, imposing law and order on several lawless Western towns. He gambled, worked, and socialized with the likes of General George Armstrong Custer, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Wesley Hardin, and Frank and Jesse James.
The women in Hickok’s life were as remarkable as the men. Though usually linked with Calamity Jane, the real love of his life was Agnes Lake, the first American woman to own a circus. Lake is an unsung legend herself, and Clavin hopes to change that.
Wild Bill’s death was as dramatic as his life. He was shot from behind holding aces and eights, forever after known as the Dead Man’s Hand.
You are scheduled with Tom Clavin (WILD BILL) on 2/12/19 @ 9:00amMT for 60 minutes. I’ll have the book shipped to you tomorrow and will reconfirm with phones, sites and related information two business days before the interview.