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List of famous western fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular western fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best western fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Gent from Bear Creek and Oth... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Robert E. Howard A Gent from Bear Creek is a collection of Western short stories by Robert E. Howard. It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1937 by Herbert Jenkins. The first United States edition was ...more

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Appaloosa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Robert B. Parker Appaloosa is a novel set in the American Old West written by Robert B. Parker. A film of the same name based on the novel was released in 2008. Parker published a sequel, Resolution, in June ...more

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Backtrack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Milton Lott Backtrack is a western novel by Milton Lott, published in 1965. The book is about a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, and features cowboy Ringo Rose and a Mexican boy whom he fathers. He ...more

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Borderlands is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Peter Carter Borderlands is a 1991 children's historical novel by author Peter Carter Originally published in the UK in 1990 as Leaving Cheyenne, it is a study of the American West in 1871 as seen through ...more

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Brimstone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Robert B. Parker Brimstone is a 2009 Western novel by Robert B. Parker. It is the third novel featuring Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole, following the events of Appaloosa and Resolution.

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Buckskin Brigades is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
L. Ron Hubbard Buckskin Brigades is a Western novel written by L. Ron Hubbard, first published July 30, 1937. The work was Hubbard's first hard-covered book, and his first published novel. The next year he ...more

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Call Me Francis Tucket is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Gary Paulsen Call Me Francis Tucket is the second novel in The Tucket Adventures by Gary Paulsen. Now 15, Francis Tucket is determined to return to civilization. Only a year before, he was heading west by ...more

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Cities of the Plain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Cormac McCarthy Cities of the Plain is the final volume of American novelist Cormac McCarthy's "Border Trilogy", published in 1998. The title is a reference to Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Destry Rides Again is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Frederick Schiller Faust Destry Rides Again is a 1930 western novel by Max Brand. One of Brand's most famous works, it remained in print 70 years after its first publication. It is the story of Harrison Destry's quest ...more

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Iron Council is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
China MiĆ©ville Iron Council is China Miéville's fourth novel and his third set in the Bas-Lag universe, following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, although each can be read independently of the ...more

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Mad River is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Donald Hamilton Mad River is a western novel by Donald Hamilton.

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Mayhem on Bear Creek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Robert E. Howard Mayhem on Bear Creek is a collection of Western short stories by Robert E. Howard. It was first published in 1979 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 1,900 copies. The stories ...more

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Montana 1948 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Larry Watson Montana 1948 is a 1993 novella by Larry Watson. The novella focuses on the life of young Montanan David Hayden, his family and the fictional town of Bentrock, Montana, and focuses on the ...more

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Mr. Tucket is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Gary Paulsen Mr. Tucket is the first novel in The Tucket Adventures by Gary Paulsen. It is about 14 year old Francis Tucket who strays from his family's wagon on the Oregon Trail and is captured by the ...more

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Murphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Gary Paulsen Murphy is the first novel in Murphy series by Gary Paulsen. It was published in January, 1987 by Walker & Company.

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Murphy's Ambush is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Gary Paulsen Murphy's Ambush is the sixth novel in the Murphy series by Gary Paulsen and Brian Burks. The story follows Murphy as he investigates the murders of a rancher and his family and trails a renegade ...more

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Murphy's Gold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Gary Paulsen Murphy's Gold is the second novella in Murphy series by Gary Paulsen. The story is about Murphy, whose goal is to save enough money to leave town. During this time he solves a murder mystery, ...more

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Murphy's Herd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Gary Paulsen Murphy's Herd is the third novel in Murphy series by Gary Paulsen. The story is about Murphy who marries Midge, owner of the Clincherville cafe. After moving to Casper, Wyoming someone kills ...more

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Murphy's Stand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Gary Paulsen Murphy's Stand is the fifth novel in Murphy series by Gary Paulsen. The story is about Murphy who witnesses a murder on the trail. After helping the sheriff with the victim, Murphy gets hired as ...more

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Murphy's Trail is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Gary Paulsen Murphy's Trail is the seventh novel in Murphy series by Gary Paulsen and Brian Burks. The story is about Murphy who is now the sheriff of Turret, New Mexico. He responds to a letter from Risa ...more

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Murphy's War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Gary Paulsen Murphy's War is the fourth novel in Murphy series by Gary Paulsen. The story is about Murphy who moves to Fletcher, Wyoming after his wife dies and while trying to work as a cowhand he is beaten ...more

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Resolution is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Robert B. Parker Resolution is a 2008 Western novel by Robert B. Parker. It is a sequel to the 2005 novel, Appaloosa. It was followed in 2009 by Brimstone.

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Savage Range is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Luke Short Savage Range is a Western novel, written by Luke Short. The story is set in northern New Mexico, probably in the 19th century. Jim Wade is hired by Max Bonsell to drive away the landgrabbers ...more

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Texas Fever is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Donald Hamilton Texas Fever is a western novel by Donald Hamilton.

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The Adventures of Slim and How... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
The Adventures of Slim and Howdy is a 2008 novel by Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn and novelist Bill Fitzhugh. The novel features Brooks and Dunn's alter-egos Slim and Howdy as they travel ...more

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The Bandit of Hell's Bend is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Edgar Rice Burroughs The Bandit of Hell's Bend is an Edgar Rice Burroughs Western fiction novel. The Bandit of Hell's Bend was published by "Argosy All-Story Weekly" in September and October 1924. The book ...more

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The Big Country is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Donald Hamilton The Big Country is a Western novel by Donald Hamilton that was expanded from his original short story Ambush at Blanco Canyon.

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The Big Sky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. The Big Sky is a 1947 Western novel by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.. For Wallace Stegner it is "the best" of the six novels in Guthrie's sequence dealing with the Oregon Trail and the ...more

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The Brave Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Edward Abbey The Brave Cowboy was Edward Abbey's second published novel. The first-edition of the book is considered the rarest of Abbey's eight novels. There was only one printing of 5,000 copies and many ...more

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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Stephen King The Drawing of the Three is the second book in The Dark Tower series of novels written by Stephen King and published by Grant in 1987. The series was inspired by Childe Roland to the Dark Tower ...more

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The Dark Tower V: Wolves of th... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Stephen King Wolves of the Calla is the fifth book in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. This book continues the story of Roland Deschain, Eddie Dean, Susannah Dean, Jake Chambers, and Oy as they make ...more

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The Dark Tower VI: Song of Sus... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Stephen King Song of Susannah is the sixth novel in Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Its subtitle is Reproduction.

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The Dark Tower VII: The Dark T... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Stephen King The Dark Tower is the seventh novel in Stephen King's Dark Tower series, published by Grant on September 21, 2004, and illustrated by Michael Whelan. It has four subtitles: REPRODUCTION, ...more

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The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Stephen King The Gunslinger is a novel by American author Stephen King, and is the first volume in the Dark Tower series, which King considers to be his magnum opus. Initially a fix-up novel that strung ...more

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The Dark Tower: The Wind Throu... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Stephen King The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole is a novel by Stephen King, first published on February 21, 2012 by Grant as a limited edition, and later published by Scribner as a trade hardcover ...more

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The Lone Star Ranger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Zane Grey The Lone Star Ranger is a Western novel published by Zane Grey in 1915. It follows the life of Buck Duane, a man who becomes an outlaw and then redeems himself in the eyes of the law.

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The Man from Santa Clara is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Donald Hamilton The Man From Santa Clara is a western novel by Donald Hamilton.

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The Man Who Fell in Love with ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Tom Spanbauer The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon is a 1991 novel by American author Tom Spanbauer set at the beginning of the 20th century. Told primarily in flashback by its protagonist, a half-breed ...more

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The Pride of Bear Creek is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Robert E. Howard The Pride of Bear Creek is a collection of Western short stories by Robert E. Howard. It was first published in 1966 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. Grant also published an edition in 1977 ...more

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The Redwater Raid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Michael de Larrabeiti The Redwater Raid is a novel written by the English author Michael de Larrabeiti and published in 1972 in the United Kingdom by Coronet Books under the penname of "Nathan Lestrange".

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The Virginian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Owen Wister The Virginian is a 1902 novel set in the Wild West by the American author Owen Wister. It describes the life of a cowboy on a cattle ranch in Wyoming and was the first true western ever written, ...more

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The Way West is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr. The Way West is a 1949 western novel by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1950. The book became the basis for a film starring Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, and ...more

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Tucket's Ride is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Gary Paulsen Tucket's Ride is the third novel in The Tucket Adventures by Gary Paulsen. Now two years after Francis Tucket was abducted by the Pawnee and then saved by the Mountain Man Jason Grimes. He is ...more

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Warlock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Oakley Hall Warlock is an American western novel by author Oakley Hall, first published in 1958. The novel is loosely based on characters and events that took place in the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. ...more

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Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Western Fiction Books and Novels
Ishmael Reed Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down, by the African-American writer Ishmael Reed, is a satirical take on the traditional Western. It is Ishmael Reed's second novel, following The Freelance Pallbearers, ...more