|About the Book|
Billy Jim Horton a reporter for the Fort Worth Daily hears a story about an old man in Paradise Texas that claims to be Billy the Kid. History has the Kid being shot and killed in 1881 by then Sherriff Pat Garrett. The Editor of the paper allowsMoreBilly Jim Horton a reporter for the Fort Worth Daily hears a story about an old man in Paradise Texas that claims to be Billy the Kid. History has the Kid being shot and killed in 1881 by then Sherriff Pat Garrett. The Editor of the paper allows Billy Jim to use his forth coming vactation to follow the story,On arrival in Paradise- Billy Jim falls in love with the owner of the cafe- Laura Michaels. he seeks out the man that claims he is Billy the Kid. William Roberts is about as happy to see him.as the Klu Klux Klan would be to see a member of the Black Panther Party.With help from Laura he gets his foot in the door.After some conversation and consideration William Roberts decides he wants Billy Jim to write the story of his life. At some point in time Roberts became a Christian and he belives a book that shows how a rustler and murderer could find for giveness and change his life-might lead others to do the sameAs the writing progresss Laura falls in love with Billy Jim but insists that before the romance deepens he must know about her not too angelic past. As a young girl she was involved with a wealthy rebelious young man that she sees become a criminal as he ages.The man Bronk, in a liquor store hold up attempt, shoots and wounds a Dallas policeman. In court Laura testifies against him. He is sentanced to twenty two years in prison-but vows he will see her dead if it is his last action on earth.Laura changes her name and moves,telling no one except her father and mother, to Paradise TexasBilly Jim after hearing William Roberts tell of Pat Garretts murder of his two best friends and his escape from jail prior to his scheduled hanging is now convienced that he realy is Billy the Kid.The climax comes in a bloody bullet exchange in the cafe.Laura is grabbed by Bronk who has escaped from the penitentiary. He has his arm around her waist and a gun pointed at her head. Both Billy Jim and William Roberts are present. the sitution forces Old Billy into another shootout.