Throw the Houlihan The Ballad of Kid Cooper Brad Smith
The year is 1910. Nate Cooper is an old-school cowboy who has spent nearly thirty years in a Montana prison of a wrongful life sentence for a false murder conviction. Nate's moral compass is true and unwavering: he does all the wrong things for all the right reasons. Upon his release he learns that the turn of the century has brought great change--none of it good. Horses are being replaced by the motorcar, his girlfriend has long ago married his best friend, his nemesis is running for Governor, and the Blackfoot Indians (the people he went to prison trying to defend) are still being betrayed by ranchers. So some things haven't changed. Nate is one of them. He returns to his Northern Montana ranching town a free man and stirs up the pot of controversy immediately--seeking justice, evading hired guns, brawling in saloons, righting past wrongs, and ferreting out--with the help of a young newspaper reporter and the woman he used to love--a fraudulent boundary adjustment robbing the Blackfoot (again) of their territory. Along the way, he ruffles feathers all the way to the State House, and before the storm he brings is over, he and the friends of his youth will all pay a shockingly high price for justice.
TitleThrow the Houlihan
SubtitleThe Ballad of Kid Cooper
AuthorBrad Smith
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published6 February 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.

About the author

Brad Smith was born and raised in southern Ontario. He has worked as a farmer, signalman, insulator, truck driver, bartender, schoolteacher, maintenance mechanic, roofer, and carpenter. His novel, ONE-EYED JACKS, was nominated for the Dashiell Hammett Prize. His novels include ONE-EYED JACKS, ALL HAT (a 2007 major motion picture staring Keith Carradine), BUSTED FLISH, BIG MAN COMING DOWN THE ROAD, READ MEANS RUN, CROW'S LANDING, SHOOT THE DOG, ROUGH JUSTICE and BIG MAN COMING DOWN THE ROAD. He lives in Dunnville, Ontario, near the north shore of Lake Erie.Follow Brad on Facebook at

"Brad Smith has got the goods—he’s funny, poignant, evocative, and he tells a blistering tale. A writer to watch, a comet on the horizon." –Dennis Lehane

"Brad Smith is a writer with lots of skill, lots of heart, [and] lots of brains." –Richard Russo

"Stellar…Wonderfully wrought characters, delicious wit, and droll storytelling make [Shoot the Dog] a delightful romp." –Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Smith has marvelous control of his material, effortlessly mixing laugh-out-loud comedy with streaks of country noir that call to mind Daniel Woodrell." –Booklist

"With dialogue that crackles like musket fire, Brad Smith's novel is true to Gettysburg's heroic past and madcap present, and a deliciously entertaining tale of uncivil war of the legacy of America's greatest conflict." —Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic

"Smith has written tight, fast-paced novels his entire career…and reading one is like riding a thoroughbred." –The Chronicle Herald

"Brad Smith combines smooth writing with a twisted mind to give readers Carl Hiassen humor, but with horses instead of gators." –Julie Kramer, author of Shunning Sarah
ISBNs: 9781628728712 978-1-62872-871-2 Title: throw the houlihan category:FIC 
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