Books: In Loving Memory

LAST OF THE BAD MEN (293 pp.)—Jay Monaghan—Bobbs-Merrill ($3.50).

A red granite stone in the Boulder, Colo, cemetery marks the grave. The inscription might be that of a deacon, grocer or Congressman: In loving memory of Tom Horn.

But Tom Horn was buried blue in the face, his tongue extruded, after the law had given him one of the fanciest hangings ever seen in Wyoming. Jay Monaghan does an excellent job of retelling the story in Last of the Bad Men. The gallows was an indoor affair, with a trap worked by a waterpower gadget. Tom had already made one escape from his...

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