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:
- Badass Mustache: Sported by Curtis 'Longarm' Long, and seen on the cover of every book in the series.
- 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 isa Deputy US Marshal. The Marshal himself in the stories is William Vail, and sometimes lends a hand.