With 13 short stories, a poem, and a nonfictional essay (Pat Garrett on his nemesis Billy the Kid), Pronzini and Greenberg, in the ninth volume of their Best of the West anthology series, observe the men who lived and often died by the speed of their draw. After a slight stumble with the previous volume in the series (Horse Soldiers #8), the editors have recovered their stride, and although the inclusion of Garrett's essay is at best incongrouous, the fiction is superior. Some of these gunfighters are outlaws, others town-tamers and lawmen; some fall into the trade by accident, others pursue glory consciously; some survive and some don't. Authors include such well-known names in the field of Western fiction as Clay Fisher, Lewis B. Patten, T. V. Olsen, William R. Cox, Thomas Thompson, Wayne D. Overholser, L. L. Foreman, Norman A. Fox, Will C. Brown, and Elmore Leonard. From Leonard's "Jugged" (in which a young mustanger, thrown into jail for disorderly conduct, finds himself trying to foil his desperade cellmate's bid for escape, and thereby earns himself a future) to Fisher's weird and haunting "The Streets of Laredo" (in which time seems to fold backward on itself as a fugitive finds and loses love), the stories are of many kinds, and each will certainly find its readers. This is a superior entry into the BotW series.