John J. Kinney, Jr., lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he teaches English at the University of Arkansas.
"More than a biography of an interesting man, this is a marvelous series of snapshots of America's westward growth and the coming-of-age of a great nation. It is a wonderful read, and should appeal to anybody with an ounce of curiosity about and affection for a vital, exciting, and now-vanished time. It's the sort of prose--urbane, literate, and smooth--that you'd like to read aloud, and that style adds immeasurably to the book's appeal."--Robert Barr Smith, author of Last Hurrah of the James-Younger Gang and Daltons!"Written in a sprightly fashion with flashes of humor and, as a bonus, a wealth of fascinating background material on the late-nineteenth century. . . . A fine addition to the genre."--Robert DeArment, author of Deadly Dozen: Twelve Forgotten Gunfighters of the Old West "A fascinating story of the author's search for his roots and of the life and times of Captain 'Jack' Kinney. It is fine Americana with the color and flavor of the Old West including the likes of the Dalton gang, Al Jennings, and other western legends."--David Dary, author of The Oregon Trail, The Santa Fe Trail, and Cowboy Culture "Through the use of newspaper articles, the detective's diary from 1891, oral histories, and numerous secondary sources, Kinney takes the reader on an entertaining and informative romp that (somehow) links together Irish immigration, the history of crime detection, Gilded Age financial shenanigans, train outlawry, dueling, and the horrifying reality of southern lynchings. . . . This book is well worth the read and provides a much-needed glimpse at the life of one of the anonymous individuals who fought against the overly famous railroad bandits of the nineteenth century."--Great Plains Quarterly"An intriguing glimpse into nineteenth-century American society."--Historian "Kinney's book gives readers a detailed picture of railroads, outlaws, and the work of a railroad law enforcement officer in Indian Territory in the 1890s."--Chronicles of Oklahoma "Kinney's notes are a gem, for they are often detailed and informative containing material unconnected with the narrative yet interesting in their own right. . . . [He] provides material relative to railroad management, the protection of stock the protection of stock and the public, and the effect railroads had upon civilization at the time. . . . This book should appeal to a wide audience."--Kansas History "This readable narrative may appeal to a general audience interested in western gunfighters and local history."--History: Reviews of New Books