The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax
A fellow western writer once told Preston Lewis that he wrote funny. Now that could’ve been taken as an unflattering comment were it not for H.H. Lomax, a character Lewis created in the 1990s at the invitation of Bantam and Book Creations Inc. As it turns out, Lomax just happened to have left a trail of chaos and hilarity throughout the Old West. If something went wrong in the West, Lomax was probably somewhere in the background.
In The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax the Arkansas native recalls his encounters with Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo and other legends of the Old West. Based on a cache of recollections handwritten on Big Chief Tablets, the Lomax stories show more about how the West was fun rather than how the West was won. Lomax seldom succeeds, but he always survives. Based on sound historical research, Lomax’s exploits are sure to leave readers with grins on their faces as Lomax stumbles and bumbles his way across the Old West. All the books in The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax are being returned to print by Wild Horse Press in 2015.
The Demise of Billy the Kid: After a lawyer’s untimely death in Leadville, Colorado, H.H. Lomax escapes to New Mexico Territory. As Lomax tells it, “…like all skunks his killing raised a stink, and folks figured I was the man who had performed this valuable public service. These folks, a lot of good and decent people when they were sober, decided to throw a necktie party in my honor, but I declined the invitation, thanks to a little help from a friend and a mule I called Flash.”
When H.H. Lomax crosses paths with Billy the Kid, he winds up embroiled in the Lincoln County War, which is made even more dangerous when he and the Kid take a liking to the same senorita! Along the way, Lomax matches wits with John Chisum and Pat Garrett as well as rustlers and outlaws of all stripes as he tries to survive the violence that engulfs southeastern New Mexico Territory. As Lomax describes his experience, “I never understood why it was always so easy to take up with the bad crowd and so hard to ride with decent folks.”
Explore what really happened in the Lincoln County War, at least from Lomax’s perspective, in The Demise of Billy the Kid.
The Redemption of Jesse James: Everyone knows Jesse James was straightening a family photo on the wall when he was shot, but few realize that it was Lomax who bumped the wall in the first place. Set in Civil War Arkansas and Missouri, The Redemption of Jesse James is the coming of age story of H.H. Lomax.
As Lomax remembers it, “The truth of the matter is I might never have met any of the James family had it not been for Abraham Lincoln. Old Abe—not some cannonball over Fort Sumter and not slavery—brought on the War Between the States, and the war brought out the meanness of folks in the Ozarks.” Caught between boyhood and maturity, Union sympathizers and Confederate bushwhackers, Lomax must grow up in trying times.
Even a fortune in Confederate gold only adds to Lomax’s troubles as he tries to help his family survive the shifting alliances and increasing deprivations of Civil War Arkansas. For mutual safety, Lomax’s family must share their home with the neighboring Burke family, including Pooty Burke, Lomax’s childhood nemesis, and Pooty’s three ugly sisters. Before he is forced to take up with Jesse James, Lomax survives ambushes, his own hanging, and his first love.
Experience the poignancy and hardships of Civil War Arkansas in The Redemption of Jesse James.
Mix-Up at the O.K. Corral: As Lomax recalls, “Things might have turned out different in Tombstone if I hadn’t had a toothache and Doc Holliday hadn’t had bad breath. A lot of men died as a result, though not likely as many as needed killing.” So begins Lomax’s sojourn in Arizona Territory. Though he opens a successful saloon in Tombstone, Lomax soon finds himself caught between the rock of the Earps and Doc Holliday and the hard place of the Clantons and Johnny Ringo.
Though he must use his wits to survive, Lomax is soon scared witless by the many bad men who are corrupting the politics of Tombstone for their own gain and a crooked lawyer. As if that isn’t enough, Lomax clandestinely courts a young lady from a powerful family and must contend with a cat aptly named “Satan.” By then Lomax has made so many enemies everyone is making bets on where Lomax will be shot.
On the day of the climactic gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Lomax is being hunted by the Earps and Holliday, who intend to settle their scores with him. When they encounter the Clantons and McLaurys instead, Old West history is made, but not without Lomax’s contribution to the affair.
Unravel the events that preceded and followed the famous gunfight as Lomax saw them in Mix-Up at the O.K. Corral.