The Ballad of Jesse James by Margaret Weis
My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
From the viewpoint of the unnamed fourth member of the James-Younger gang, we follow the infamous outlaws as they travel the back roads of southern Missouri when they come upon a slowly running down homestead. The widow and her two children are about to be forced out by their Yankee landlord, but after the gang help prepare dinner and do some chores they give the woman some of their recent liberated Yankee money as well as a receipt to make her landlord sign. Before they leave they ask her about how her landlord travels and in what direction, we leave them awaiting the Yankee landlord on the road he’ll take to town. Nothing really to complain about, though there is a “fantasy” connection with all these stories this one finally got it in my head that some of these stories are just going to be historical fiction.