America Re-Imagined, in Retrospect: Fifty Notable American Novels about the “West”: 30-32.


Kiefer, Warren.  Outlaw. New York: Dutton, 1989.

Warren Kiefer has had a colorful life in which he has pursued diverse interests. In the mid-1950s he was the manager of public relation in Latin America for Pfizer International.  Then, between 1958 and 1965, he made more than two dozen documentary films about Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. From 1965 to 1975, he produced feature films. And in 1974, he relocated to the Chaco region of Argentina, where he raised and trained horses. Between 1958 and 1992, he also wrote eight novels, one of which, The Lingala Code (1972), received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

But his most enduring work may be Outlaw, a historical novel not about a criminal in the Jesse James mode but about a Gilded Age figure with a personal history even more colorful than Kiefer’s own.  The novel is framed…

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