Dead Man’s Brand by Norbert Davis


When justice comes to a cow town, hell follows with it.


“I am proud to endorse this book. . . . Davis’s Westerns are crisply written, engaging, and hard to put down once you start.”—Troy D. Smith, Spur Award wining Western author

“Any reader who has enjoyed Norbert Davis’s mystery and detective fiction should find these Western tales equally satisfying.”—Bill Pronzini, Spur Award Winner, and recipient of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Dead Man’s Brand and other tales of the Old West by Norbert Davis

All the excitement of frontier life—and in contrast, the bleak, violent, powerful nightmare side of the Western myth—come alive in this collection by acclaimed author Norbert Davis (1909-1949), deftly combining memorable characters, plot twists, gunplay and humor into unique tales of the American West.

The author’s eight best Westerns are reprinted here for the first time since their original magazine appearances, including, “A Gunsmoke Case for Major Cain,” the basis for the 1941 film, Hands Across the Rockies.

With an introduction by Spur Award winner Bill Pronzini.

And an afterword by Ed Hulse.


  • Introduction by Bill Pronzini
  • A Gunsmoke Case for Major Cain
  • Their Guardian From Hell
  • Leetown’s One-Man Army
  • Dead Man’s Brand
  • The Gunsmoke Banker Rides
  • Death Creeps
  • Sign of the Sidewinder
  • Boot-Hill Bait


  • Hands Across the Rockies: The Lone Film Credit of Norbert Davis by Ed Hulse

First book publication.

Trade paperback / 234 pages

Cover art by Tom Roberts.


Multiple Five Star reviews on Amazon.

“. . . all eight stories collected here are all first-rate entertainment by a born storyteller. Kudos to Tom Roberts and Black Dog Books for rescuing them from Western pulp obscurity.”