Letters to Mary Susan from Her Outlaw Father

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Early 20th Century

Jerry Hammersmith

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'Letters to Mary Susan' chronicles the life and adventures of of a Missouri outlaw, James Marion Howard, who fled post Civil War America, leaving behind his wife and family and seeking escape from the law by racing across the western states, robbing stage coaches, trains and banks until a posse chases him across the 49th parallel and into the newly formed Saskatchewan, Canada. After being convicted for manslaughter, he enters life as a prisoner in the newly built penitentiary in Prince Albert, where he spends lonely years recalling his life. The twists and turns of this amazing story offer a glimpse into the ravages of the Civil War and the aftermath of the brutal and senseless vengeance that stole the lives of many young men. It leads the reader into an understanding of the path of a man's choices and the hope that redemption is possible for us all.


Action, Adventure, Biographical, Epic, Historical Fiction, War,

Short Summary

Howard, now 77, sits in a prison cell, reflecting on what brought him to prison and recalling his life as a wanted outlaw in post Civil War America. Jim has not contacted his remaining family and begins a correspondence with his now grown up daughter whom he has not seen in 40 years.


Missouri, Texas,Montana, Dakotas, Saskatchewan

Based on a True Story


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Main Character Details

Name: James Marion Howard, AKA Jesse James

Age: 77

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Complex, Engaging, Strong Moral Code, Aggressive, Badass, Criminal, Leader, Masculine, Patriotic, Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Birt Enders

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aspiring, Badass, Criminal, Confident, Charming, Honorable, Skillful, Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Mary Susan Howard

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Decisive, Gracious, Modest, Strong Moral Code

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Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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