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Gunslingers: A Story of the Old West

Gunslingers: A Story of the Old West is John Layne’s inaugural, international award-winning novel set in the Old West packed with family drama, action, and adventure. In this, Book One of the Luxton Danner Series, author John Layne tells the story of Joel Thornton and his daughter Elizabeth, as they seek frontier justice with legendary U.S. Deputy Marshall, Ben Chance.


Joel Thornton is a retired U.S. Deputy Marshal now living a quiet rancher’s life. Days after welcoming his daughter Elizabeth home, a fugitive seeking revenge attacks his ranch. Badly wounded trying to protect his home and save his daughter, Thornton sends his daughter on a dangerous mission to find help from the only man he trusts to save his beloved family and ranch.


Fans of Western Fiction novels are in for a treat with Layne’s crisp, strong prose and cinematic style.

Named a 2022 IPPY Silver Medalist in the West-Mountain Regional Fiction category, a Finalist in the Historical Fiction (pre-1900s) category of the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a Gold Winner of the American Book Fest 2021 International Book Awards in the Fiction: Western category, and a 2021 American Fiction Award Finalist Adventure: Historical and Western categories.

Book 1 in the series. A Luxton Danner Novel

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"I wanted Gunslingers to be a throwback to the Dime Novel era that was popular from the Civil War through about 1900. It's a traditional, straightforward western, with heroes and villains the reader will care about." - John Layne

Book Reviews


A classic western novel by an author with full mastery of the genre, John Layne's deftly crafted novel, "Gunslingers: A Story of the Old West" is an inherently compelling read from beginning to end. While unreservedly recommended for community library Western Fiction collections.

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