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Reviewed by Geree McDermott for Readers' Favorite
In this fascinating narrative account of Black Bart, we travel back in time to the Old West and learn that when Wells Fargo Bank ruins Charles Boles’s successful gold mine operation, he stops mining and starts robbing ... Wells Fargo stage coaches, that is. The only way Charley can think of to hit Wells Fargo Bank where it hurts is to steal the cash boxes and mail bags off their stage coaches. In his fifties, he starts robbing stage coaches and eventually is known as the bandit Black Bart, but acquires other names as well, such as The Gentleman Bandit because he was polite while he robbed the stage coaches and never stole from passengers. Also known as The Walker, he never rode horses and walked to and from his robberies. His age and his habit of walking helped him avoid apprehension because lawmen looked for a young man galloping away on a horse, and not an older man who casually walked down the road. In all, he robbed 28 stage coaches before his arrest.
Bruce Bradley’s The Walker is the exciting life story of the outlaw Black Bart. Based on facts, the untold story of Black Bart revealed in a believable, thoroughly researched, and well written, fast paced narrative is a pleasure to read. Bruce Bradley does a magnificent job of writing The Walker in the voice of Charles Boles/Black Bart. He also provides details of his extensive research, which I appreciated and enjoyed reading almost as much as the story itself. Well done, Mr. Bradley, this is a must-read!