Shot All to Hell

Shot All to Hell

Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape

eBook - 2013
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Shot All to Hell by Mark Lee Gardner recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time.

Follow the Wild West's most celebrated gang of outlaws as they step inside Northfield's First National Bank and back out on the streets to square off with heroic citizens who risked their lives to defend justice in Minnesota.

With compelling details that chronicle the two-week chase that followed—the near misses, the fateful mistakes, and the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River, Shot All to Hell is a galloping true tale of frontier justice from the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Mark Lee Gardner.


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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 02, 2019

In the summer of 1876, the robber gang made up of Jesse and Frank James, with Cole and Bob Younger, were in hot water. The Pinkerton Detectives and the government of Missouri had been pushing them pretty hard. One botched Pinkerton raid had caused the death of a little James cousin; another had caused the death of a neighboring woman. Jesse and Frank decided it was time to head north for a while, to Minnesota.

After several weeks of scouting, they decided to hit the First National Bank in Northfield, a small town with a new college. They didn’t count on a bank Treasurer who refused to open the vault and, far worse, a town with people determined to protect their bank. In a surprise shootout, two of the outlaws were killed and the others fled on horseback with various wounds. The survivors became the product of the biggest manhunt in U.S. history to that point. Amazingly, the James Brothers managed to escape, with entirely different fates in their futures.

The book is well-written and researched. It’s a bit of a slow start, as Gardner gives us all of the background; but once the gang gets to Minnesota, the tension grows until the explosion of violence in Northfield. The description of the escape and the manhunt is heart-pounding.

May 30, 2014

Not my usual genre. This book was very well researched, many photos from the period, all of the dialogue in quotation is taken from court documents, 1876 newspaper accounts, etc. The author found archived documents that had not been previously noticed. I found it very interesting, a more-or-less factual account of the Northfield, Minnesota, deadly bank heist that put the Younger brothers in jail and in which the James brothers famously got away. He even tells you the colour of the horses they rode. Lots of macabre photos of corpses, might not be appropriate for very young readers.


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May 30, 2014

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