Praise for Never Caught Twice

“Never Caught Twice is highly recommended to western scholars and other persons interested in Western Nebraska history. Luckett’s witty character makes for an engaging conversation between the author, the reader, and the past.”—Broc Anderson, Nebraska History

“Luckett has produced a fascinating study which deserves our attention.”—Chuck Parsons, Tombstone Epitaph

“This is an intriguing and deeply significant contribution to the ongoing effort to demythologize the Wild West and adds an important new layer to the search for an identifiable legal culture in Nebraska and Great Plains history.”—Mark Scherer, coauthor of Echo of Its Time: The History of the Federal District Court of Nebraska, 1867–1933 

“Despite what we think we know about horse theft, this is the first effort to pull it all together into a single study. It is good stuff!”—Mark R. Ellis, author of Law and Order in Buffalo Bill’s Country: Legal Culture and Community on the Great Plains, 1867–1910 

Never Caught Twice shows how ‘creating and protecting private property’—livestock on the hoof—rather than ‘the advent of law and order’ defined America’s frontier settlement. Matthew Luckett is an excellent writer, deep thinker, and brave scholar.”—Will Bagley, author of So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California 

Reviews and Articles

“2021 Nebraska Book Award Winners,” University of Nebraska Press blog, 21 September 2021, URL:

Sandra Dallas, “Regional books: “Colorado’s Highest,” “Chili Peppers” and more,” Denver Post, 12 November 2020. URL:

“Matthew Luckett’s Book Explores Horse Stealing on the Western Great Plains,” CSUDH Campus News Center, 28 October 2020, URL:

Podcasts and Interviews

Authors Answer interview

Interview on “Source Saturday: Grandpa’s WW2 Letters with Dr. Matt Luckett,” from Canadian History Classroom: Imagining a New ‘We’. Check out Dr. Cutrara’s website here!

Interview with Dr. Luckett on Scholars Beyond the Tower podcast (“Freaking out through history”) (12/07/2020). Check out the podcast here!