In To Hell on a Fast Horse, Mark Lee Gardner serves up dual biographies of Billy and Garrett. There's no denying the drama and tragedy in the story of two friends on opposite sides of the law, Gardner says. But I felt I came across their true relationship in the obscure account of James E. Sligh, a White Oaks newspaper editor who came from the same Louisiana parish as Garrett. Sligh said Garrett told him that while he knew the Kid well, they were neither friends nor enemies: He minds his business and I attend to mine.
Gardner will mind everyones business tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover at 9315 Dorchester Street in Highlands Ranch. A musician as well as a historian, he might even be persuaded to serve up an Old West tune. But not about Garrett. For more on Gardner, go to www.songofthewest.com; for more on the reading, go to www.tatteredcoverbooks.com.
Thu., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2010