"Lyle Brandt" is the pen name of longtime author Michael Newton, used so far on eighteen Western novels published by Berkley Books.
The three Berkley series include five novels starring gunfighter Matthew Price, eleven featuring U.S. Marshal Jack Slade, and two recounting the post-Civil War adventures of U.S. Secret Service agent Gideon Ryder.
Several Slade novels have been honored with awards or nominations as best novels in their respective years of publication. Hanging Judge was a finalist in the 2010 Western Writers of America's Spur Awards. Manhunt won the 2010 Peacemaker Award from the Western Fictioneers. Avenging Angels was a 2010 finalist in the same category and was also a finalist for the 2011 Best Original Mass Market Paperback for the WWA's Spur Awards. Blood Trails was nominated for the 2011 WWA's Spur Awards for Best Western Novel.