The true west
By John P. Hackett on Aug 02, 2013
This book appears to give a well rounded account of the life of Claude Dallas and the murders of Bill Pogue and Conley Elms. It also gives one an excellent insight into the conflicts of the west between the "cowboy" free spirit and the interest of the government in preserving order. As Ian Tyson comments in his song "Claude Dallas" "...the lawman and the renegade have graced a thousand songs". I think the book tries to open a door to the lives of all the parties and this is one of it's strengths. The reader will be well rewarded for the time devoted to this book.
By H. E. Richards Jr. on Sep 14, 2013
This book is great reading and an intriguing story of Claude Dallas. I highly recommend this book regardless of your opinion on the individual. I received the first book as a gift and bought two others for friends.
Give a Boy a Gun
By Maboola on Jun 22, 2010
I enjoyed the book mainly because I live close to the town where Dallas was tried and convicted. Anytime I can walk the same ground as the person in the book it makes for good reading. Plus one of my relatives is pictured in the book so I have a biased viewpoint. Good read in any case.
The Title Says it All...
A Customer on Jun 25, 1999
As the daughter of Bill Pogue, one of the Game Wardens murdered by Claude Dallas, I know the true story of what happened that day. Jack Olson did a wonderful job of interviewing almost anyone involved and investigating the lifestyle of Claude Dallas that led to this tragic event. I learned as much from reading this book as I did sitting through the long and frustrating trial.
By Jd on Jul 13, 2013
I have read several books, article, pamphlets on this subject. It is the best and most accurate accounting of what really happened and it gives both sides of the story / crime equal billing. If you are in to reading about the days when "We the People..." stood for something, and the reality of life as it is right now, read this book. -JD
An excellent book that I recommend to anyone
By Rudy Krol on Jan 03, 2005
This book was extremely well written, and I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of their particular interests or hobbies. I know it is a cliche to say that "I could not put this book down," but it fits here. Olsen's writing style is easy and flows well. The whole story is so tragic, but I think the author does a good job of analyzing the events surrounding the murders of two Idaho fish and game wardens. Claude Lafayette Dallas, Jr. is clearly a murderer and yet he also has some sympathetic qualities that the author brings forth. It's a shame that the book is out of print, but if you look hard enough you can get a copy (thankfully, Internet searches will make it easier for you).