Praise for

The Legend of Russian Bill

Write up from True West magazine

June 2016. – Click Image for full article

Marshall Trimble

Official State of Arizona Historian

“In his historical novel The Legend of Russian Bill; Based on the Real Life Story of William R. Tettenborn (Five Star Publishing, $25.99), author Richard Lapidus takes us on an enjoyable and humorous journey back to those thrilling days of yesteryear, where we meet the famous and infamous, as he cleverly mixes fiction with fact.”

True West Magazine

June, 2016 issue

“Richard Lapidus’s rollicking novel, The Legend of Russian Bill features historic characters like Ike Clanton…and Curly Bill Brocius befriended by the real William R. Tetterborn during his attempt to be a Western outlaw.” 

John Elvin

Author of Murder by Bay Breezes, an Andy Holliday Travel Mystery

“This is a crazy wild west tale rooted in truth. Richard Lapidus may have filled some gaps imaginatively but you can plainly see he’s done his homework, he knows his characters and their era. He’s a modern writer with feet firmly planted in the world of Wyatt Earp and cohorts of that time. For those who require depth rather than the typical shoot-em-up western there’s the intriguing question of what we really know about another person, who are they behind the mask of the stories they tell?”

Rick Mosolf

Western history aficionado

“Really enjoyed Russian Bill which I found to be a fun read and a true ‘knee-slapper’ in the grand tradition of ‘around the campfire’ storytelling. Would highly recommend this book for anybody looking for a light-hearted view of the old west and a doggone good story.”

Michael Blain

Author of Enigmas Like Us

“The way the legend unfolds you mentally switch from a concerned observer into a direct player in the midst of everything. You truly feel an attachment to the plight of Russian Bill on every level of your own personal grasp of the human condition. Written with brilliance and paced perfectly between feverish and detailed, I cannot recommend this work highly enough“

Praise for

Snake Hunting on the Devil’s Highway

Bryan Hughes

“I read this a few years ago enjoyed it quite a bit.  It’s fun to hear about all the places we go now before herping was as popular as it is now.” 

Ribello Bertoni

“A good read and a must have for any field herper.”

Clark Ladner

“It’s odd to read these stories and realize you’ve been doing this longer then I’ve been on the planet.” 

Bill Love

“Your book helped me meld into Arizona herping life…”

Ty Woodgin

“Where can I get the book?”

Kim Anderson Foose

“I enjoyed your book immensely.”

John Elvin

“Richard Lapidus reveals himself as a brave and serious naturalist in the course of his humorous series of stories.”

Praise for

Snakey Joe Post: Guardian of the Treasure

Ben T. Traywick

City of Tombstone Historian (retired)

“Author Lapidus places Joe Post and all his unusual friends right into Arizona History telling their story with Tombstone and its characters as background in their adventures.”

Jim Easterbrook

Program Host: Legacy of the West

“They’re all here, Wyatt, Doc, Ringo, Clantons, the O.K. Corral, sheriff Behan and more. Anytime an author as well versed in Tombstone history as Richard Lapidus writes a novel interwoven with such a colorful cast of characters, my money’s on the table for a copy. Pronto.”

James J. “Jim” Schiffer

Sheriff: Chicago Corral of the Westerners

“The legend of a horde of Cochise County cowboys raiding deep into Mexico after a priceless (church) artifacts, silver bullion and other booty has been around since Walter Noble Burns wrote about it in his (1927) best seller “Tombstone: An Illiad of the Southwest.” This blood and thunder tale by Richard Lapidus reminds us all that the truth is still out there.”

Drew J. Gomber

Western History Writer and Commentator

“Truth or Fiction? Therein lies the question.  This action-toned work blends both to near perfection.  The end result?  Very entertaining indeed.”