Westerns conjure up images of daring adventures in the barren desert, cowboys and Indians, and outlaws and lawmen. Though there are few novels that fit our classic image of a Western being published today, readers will be pleasantly surprised to discover there are a number of novels with many familiar western themes.
- In Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith, the year is 1893 and two cowboys, inspired by their hero, Sherlock Holmes, put their detecting skills to work to uncover the truth about the murder of a cowhand on their Montana ranch.
- Territory by Emma Bull finds late nineteenth century college student, Jesse, summoned by a magician friends to Tombstone, where he witnesses the supernatural powers of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp.
- Set against the backdrop of the great California Gold Rush, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, is a darkly comic novel that follows the adventures of two hired guns, who under the orders of the mysterious Commodore, try to kill a man who gives them a run for their money.
- In Leif Enger's Peace Like a River, eleven year old asthmatic Ruben chronicles his family's search for his older brother, Davy, who escaped from jail before he could stand trial for the killing of two marauders who came to their Minnesota farm to harm their family.