“Move over, Butch and Sundance, it’s not that I love you both less, just that I’ve come to love Pancho and Tom more… a high-stepping, swashbuckling romance inspired by the unassailable historical fact that in his greenhorn youth, before he became a movie-star cowboy, Tom Mix rode in the company of the peasant revolutionary Pancho Villa … Who among us has not wished he’d grown up as romantically as Mix does here?” — New York Times Book Review
“Fabulous, big, rawboned wild-blooded adventure tale that gives the sights and sounds and smells of a turn-of-the-century world real enough to touch. Clifford Irving has written a novel to make any writer proud and many readers grateful.” — Los Angeles Herald Examiner
“Raucous, galloping fiction.” — San Francisco Chronicle
“Intelligently conceived, rapidly paced, attitudinally wry, earthy – a well-written, cannily contemporary tale about the past.” — Dallas Times Herald
Tom Mix, cowboy and future movie star, rides south of the border in 1913 to fight for Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary leader. In war-torn Mexico a partnership is born.
Caught up in this epic novel are Hannah, Tom’s Jewish fiancée; Rosa, the beautiful Indian child widow who loves Tom unto death; Elisa, the sophisticated German who becomes his mistress; the tempestuous Pancho Villa; and Lieutenant George S. Patton, Jr., a dedicated hunter of both Villa and Mix.
Publishers Weekly called Tom Mix and Pancho Villa “grand entertainment, full of wit, charm, and zest.” The Los Angeles Times wrote that “Irving spins a fantasy worthy of Mark Twain,” and the Chicago Tribune concluded that “[Tom Mix’s] exploits – on the battlefield, behind the lines, in bed – are told with riveting skill.”