is a series of short Western novels published since 1980 by Signet
books, a division of New American Library
. The series is still published under the name Jon Sharpe
, the original author of the series, although it is now written by a number of ghostwriters under contract. The publisher releases 12 editions of the serial a year, with longer Giant Trailsman titles appearing periodically. The first title was Seven Wagons West: Seven Ways to Die
, which was recently reissued in print.
Trailsman stories are short, usually under 200 pages, and feature the hero, Skye Fargo. Skye is known for his "lake blue" eyes, and despite his sexual prowess with women, he is single by choice. His sidekick is his unnamed horse, known only as "the Ovaro," and his gun of choice is a Colt .44.