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Author Harkey, Dee, 1866- author.

Title Mean As Hell : The Life of a New Mexico Lawman / Dee Harkey.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Borodino Books, [2018]


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Summary New Mexico rancher and lawman Dee (Daniel R.) Harkey describes himself as having "been shot at more times than any man in the world not engaged in war." Mean as Hell, originally published in 1948 when Harkey was 83, is his detailed, witty autobiography about his youth in San Saba County of west Texas, where in 1882 he learned from his brother Joe, the sheriff, to "be damned sure you don't get killed, but don't kill anybody unless you have to" and his adult life in Eddy County after moving to Karlsbad (then Eddy) in 1890. Harkey served as a New Mexico peace officer from 1893 until 1911. Among the many cattle rustlers, train robbers, and other outlaws he confronted were Jim Miller, whom Harkey fingers as Pat Garrett's real killer, and the Dalton Gang. Harkey observes that, in 1948, "cattle stealing has gone out of fashion. We've gotten civilized. Instead ... , we now have statesman who practice nepotism, pad the public payrolls and graft as much as they think they can get away with (in an honorable way, of course) just like the folks back east." Readers interested in many aspects of the territorial and outlaw West will enjoy Dee Harkey's lively stories.
Note Print version record.
Subject Brigands and robbers.
Frontier and pioneer life -- New Mexico.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Roberts, Gene.
ISBN 9781789127782 (epub)
Standard No. 9781789127782
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