Historical Novels of the Old West are a bit different from the classic Western. Historical novels generally tell of an event or series of events that occurred during a specific time period or on a specific date. They are stories about the Oregon trail, the Alamo or the Donner Party for instance. They possess the descriptions of the West and are usually well-researched and presented. Not usual as gripping, but they have their moments.
One of the writers in the genre is Carol Buchanan, who wrote God’s Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana. The book takes place a bit earlier than most Westerns, 1863, but deals with many of the same elements. What it lacks are the dramatic views of the scenery.
Walter van Tilburg Clark, The Ox-Bow Incident
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Tie My Bones to Her Back by Robert F. Jones
The Missing by Thomas Eidson