Dennis McCarthy’s The Gospel According to Billy the Kid

Mar 30, 2021 | Events

New Mexico author Dennis McCarthy will present a virtual discussion of his new book, The Gospel According to Billy the Kid, on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. The free event will stream live on Elk River Books’ Facebook page.

In this debut novel, McCarthy offers an alternative history of the legend of the famous gunslinger. A bloody chapter in the early days of New Mexico involving the Lincoln County War and its aftermath is reimagined to give the young outlaw “a second chance to find himself, to find peace, and to finally grow up and out from under the shadow of his own infamy.”

“Both propulsive and poignant, McCarthy’s fresh take on the Billy the Kid legend is both a compelling tale of the old West and an engaging study of one of its most enduring characters,” writes C. Joseph Greaves, author of Hard Twisted: A Novel.

McCarthy, the brother of the best-selling author Cormac McCarthy, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is at work on a second novel. In the past, he has worked as a park ranger, ecologist, speechwriter, editor-in-chief, professor and attorney.

To view the event, navigate to at 7 p.m. on April 8. You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to watch.

McCarthy’s book will be available for purchase from Elk River Books before, during and after the event – in the store at 120 N. Main, Livingston, and online at Signed copies will be available, and Elk River will provide both pickup and delivery options. For more information, send an email to or call (406) 333-2330.