"Should enthrall anyone interested in the West, cultural icons, or just plain ol' yarns with gunsmoke 'so thick you could swing on it.'"-"Denver Post". "[A]n assembly full of grit and substance and sudden danger."-"Publishers Weekly". "[A] wonderful collection...These stories demonstrate ingenuity and creativity as the writer uses the gunfight to explore motives and complex personalities and situations...What we have here, to use a non-western phrase, is the creme de la creme."-"Tulsa World". The most familiar scene in Western American lore is the gunfight: two men slowly walk toward each other, ready to test speed, accuracy, and nerve in a duel to the death. Departing from this tired formula, James C. Work has collected thirteen stories that feature unique and surprising treatments. Three of them were made into films, one the basis for High Noon. Two are grounded on historical episodes, and two play out the gunfight theme against a modern backdrop. Framing each story is commentary by Work, a professor of English at Colorado State University and the editor of Prose and Poetry of the American West (Nebraska 1991).