How I Became an Outlaw, by by Stephen Shore
Approx. 95,840 words.
Published on April 6, 2010.
The misguided zeal and get rich quick credo of a young cowboy put him on opposing sides of the law at different times. But he no longer seeks to make a name, just a whole lot of dollars. Perhaps he can play on both sides without getting caught in the middle. He rides into the desert on an honorable quest and rides out as the outlaw “Chili Beans” Bartlett. But he remains a reluctant outlaw.