A vigorous, fictionalized biography of the well-loved western hero. Full of the earmarks of Shannon Garst's ability to recreate the lore and atmosphere of the great westward push, this book has been written in collaboration with her son. Wild Bill is pictured successively from his days as a youth with a worrisome yen for shooting wolves through the development of his knowledge of the Indians, as a U. S. marshal in Kansas, as a scout for Custer, and at last as the tragic victim of a shot in the back from a cowardly rival. Born in Illinois, the son of a quiet but strongly abolitionist father, Jim Hickok was forced into the realization of his ambition- to go west- by being falsely accused of a murder. It was then he changed his name to Bill. There is, besides the colorful roundup of historical events, camp life, Indian life, good character development and smooth writing. Careful source reading and a thorough knowledge of the country, make Shannon Garst's work satisfying and worthwhile.