Pony Boys ride the trail once again
New book available from award-winning Missouri author
Jefferson City, Missouri—January 17, 2023— Pony Boys, the most recent novel from award-winning writer Richard Prosch, is now available from Five Star/Cengage Publishing.
A work of historical fiction, Pony Boys is set in the 1870s against the backdrop of the wild and wooly Niobrara River region of northeast Nebraska. In a story told through the lens of fictional main character, August John, Prosch draws readers into the world of Doc Middleton and Kid Wade, real-world outlaws and horse thieves who roamed the hills of the Keya Paha and Niobrara rivers, hoping to avoid the vigilantes set on bringing them to justice.
Pony Boys has received critical acclaim from Booklist Online. Reviewer Sarah Steers says, “The exploits are typical: horse theft under cover of night, suspicion and betrayal as the lawmen close in, vigilantes roaming the countryside and waiting in ambush. It’s the setting that makes this novel a pleasure. Rarely are Westerns set in Niobrara River country; when Prosch leaves the Pony Boys world behind to romanticize the picturesque scenery or mundane farm chores, the novel meanders with an easy charm. Moreover, it allows Prosch to describe gunslinging outlaws nearly lost to time. As the book draws to a close, Prosch allows August John to find some semblance of peace, hopefully away from the gang.”
Cast a Wide Loop, the next book in the series, returns to Niobrara River country as August John, hoping to find his place in the world, seeks to balance his old ties to Kid Wade with his new friends in the vigilante group seeing to bring Wade to justice. Cast a Wide Loop is forthcoming in late 2023 from Thorndike.
Prosch is an Amazon bestselling writer of mystery/thrillers and westerns. He has been awarded the prestigious Spur Award from Western Writers of America and Will Rogers Medallion Award. He grew up listening to old-timers in his hometown of Bloomfield, Nebraska, reminisce about the days when Doc Middleton and Kid Wade roamed the surrounding hills. Currently, he lives just outside of Jefferson City, Missouri, with his writer wife, Gina, and son, Wyatt. When he’s not writing, Prosch enjoys haunting local antique shops and record stores in search of vintage vinyl for his ever-expanding jazz collection.