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The Longarm books are a series of western novels featuring the character of Custis Long, who is nicknamed Longarm, a U.S. Deputy Marshal based in Denver, Colorado in the 1880s. The series is written by "Tabor Evans", a house pseudonym used by a number of authors at Jove Books. The first book was published in 1978 and new ones are still being added at a rate of approximately one a month, totaling over 400 books in the series. In addition to the regular series, there is a series of "giant editions" which are longer novels.

Tropes found in the Longarm series include:

  • Cannibal Tribe: In Longarm and the Man-Eaters, Longarm travels to the Texas cost to investigate rumors of a cannibal Indian tribe.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All of the novel titles start Longarm... and the majority begin Longarm and the....
  • Roadside Wave: In Longarm and the Man-Eaters, Longarm gets soaked by a wagon running through a puddle just after he has been cursed by a local brujo.
  • U.S. Marshal: Custis "Longarm" Long is a Deputy US Marshal. The Marshal himself in the stories is William Vail, and he sometimes lends a hand in the field.