In "Lawman's Heart," Larry Traynor is driving a stage with his shotgun guard, Sam Whitney, the man who has been his mentor in life, when a hold-up occurs. Sam is shot dead. Traynor is determined to bring the thief to justice, but then fate intervenes. Although he does not recognize the symptoms, or what they mean, Traynor is suffering from heart failure. He is deputized to give pursuit even though, given his condition, it can only lead to his ruin.Joe Palmer in "White-Water Sam" had been a deck hand on the Thomas Drayton before the railroad came. Now the fine river boat is permanently moored in Lake Bennett, useless to her owner, because the only chance for a future is to get her downstream through the impossible rapids of Miles Canyon. Sam Bridgeman once tried to shoot those rapids with a river boat, the Denver Belle. He knew that the only way to do it was to ride the very center of the rapids, but the Denver Belle turned sideways and smashed against the rocks. The experience affected Sam's mind. Now Larry Decatur arrives with enough money to buy the Thomas Drayton, but he knows nothing about river boats and certainly cannot hope to run the rapids in Miles Canyon by himself.In "Black Thunder," Dan Harrigan and Angus MacTee are partners in a mining claim. What divides them in Kate Malone. They both love her, but she loves only one of them, and has gone into hiding. MacTee learns her whereabouts, and heads out, with Dan Harrigan in pursuit.
Rusty Sabin was born to white parents but brought up by the Cheyenne Indians, who named the redheaded boy Red Hawk. His ability to heal the sick and to make strange magic is widely honored throughout the tribe. But in his twenties, Red Hawk sets out to take his place among white people. When Rusty and his stallion White Horse are nearly at the frontier post of Fort Marston, the river boat he's riding is grounded, and a man called Bill Tenney comes to his rescue.Rusty doesn't know much about the white man's ways--especially a white man like Bill Tenney, a thief and a fugitive. Tenney is only interested in one thing--Rusty's white stallion, considered sacred among the Cheyennes. Meanwhile Major Marston is determined to come between Rusty and his sweetheart, Maisry, and the Cheyennes do all they can to compel Rusty to return to his tribe.First serialized in 1934, Brothers of the Cheyennes--the second installment of the Rusty Sabin trilogy--cemented Max Brand's reputation as one of the most exciting and talented writers working in the Western genre. To this day, Rusty Sabin remains an indelible American character, caught between two worlds and simply trying to do the right thing.
When Andrew Apperley visits his brother David in the East, he brings along an unexpected companion. Andrew's giant wolf dog, Comanche, is so wild that he has to be chained up for the safety of others. However, when the Apperley brothers come across a man drowning in the East River, Comanche breaks loose from his chains and swims to the man's rescue. In fact, this man, Single Jack Deems, is a convict who has just escaped from Blackwell's Island. Deems wants Comanche for himself, and trails the Apperley brothers as they journey back West. Meanwhile, Andrew has his own problems back home with dangerous outlaw and businessman Alex Shodress. Shodress has learned to steal with immunity from the law, and has imperiled everything Andrew owns. When Deems finally shows up at the Apperley ranch to buy Comanche, Andrew tells him that there is only one way he can win possession of the wolf dog, if he is willing to do it. Once again, beloved Western author Max Brand weaves a compelling story of the Old West, its systems of law and justice, and the people that lived in its time.
A gun cracked! The lantern in the deserted mine was smashed to bits. Then Jim Silver's great voice boomed through the darkness, "Barry Christian, I've come for you!" Christian screamed, not like a man but like a tortured woman. He was sick with fear. Somewhere in the blackness his worst enemy--a deadly enemy--was moving closer ... closer ... Christian took out his knife and held it in front of him. Then suddenly a fist boomed against his jaw!
His name was Jim Silver, but they called him Silvertip. His only companions were his stallion, Parade, and a wolf, Frosty, who obeyed nothing but the wild instincts of his breed and the soft commands of his master. Together they were part of the legend of the West. Silvertip was a man who hungered for action the way most men hungered for food. And he found plenty when bank robber Jim Lovell sought his protection. Because, unknown to Silvertip, Lovell was packing a half-million dollars in stolen cash along with his Winchester. And the men he'd double-crossed had shot their way out of jail and were riding hard on the trail of their desperate partner.
FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK! Max Brand's novels and stories-certainly among the greatest in Western fiction-are always peopled with true, realistic characters and marked by a sense of authenticity few other authors could match. Three of the best examples of this are the short novels found in this collection, each painstakingly restored to Brand's original version. The opening novel tells the tale of a legendary friendship between two men who could take on a whole saloon of tough frontiersmen, but who run into trouble with beautiful Kate Malone. "The King of Rats" features the man known as Reata, a master of the rawhide rope, a man caught between his sense of duty and his love for a gypsy girl. And in the title novel, Joseph Larrimee finally makes a gold strike that would prove his worth to his family . . . but he's willing to give it all up to rescue a mysterious woman from a gang of hardcases.
When it comes to Western adventure, no author comes close to the three giants included in this landmark volume. These are the men who created the Western, shaped it, and perfected it. Now, for the first time in paperback, The Golden West collects three of their finest short novels. Max Brand's powerful Jargan is carefully restored to its original, full-length glory, with material never before seen. Tappan's Burro has long been considered one of Zane Grey's masterpieces, but only a shorter, edited version has been in print. The version included here was taken directly from Grey's actual manuscript and now appears in paperback for the first time. Louis L'Amour's The Trail to Crazy Man was rewritten years later as Crossfire Trail, which became the basis for the movie of the same name. Presented here is L'Amour's original version. These authors are the stuff of Western legend, and at last you can read their finest work as they themselves intended.
A gunman agrees to do a rich man's dirty work in this classic Western from one of the genre's early mastersDonnegan is not proud of his past. But when words ran dry and matters could only be settled with a gun, he never hesitated to make things right. Now fate has led him to The Corner, a wide-open gold-mining town in the valley where two rivers join. An invalid by the name of Colonel Macon wants Donnegan to settle a long-standing land claim that's been taken over by outlaws. Charmed by the colonel's beautiful daughter, the gunman agrees. But nothing is as it seems in The Corner, where the line separating good from evil is so badly blurred it might not be there at all. A contemporary of Zane Grey and a major influence on Louis L'Amour, Max Brand was a true master of the Western. Gunman's Reckoning is a fine example of the moral complexity, fluid prose, and nonstop action that defines the best of his work. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
A wounded gunslinger fights for his life in this collection of three classic stories from one of the most popular Western authors of all time!Luck is initially on Cheyenne's side in "Gunman's Bluff," as he manages to kill one Martin brother and wound the other in a shootout. But in the process, Cheyenne himself is shot in the shoulder, and it will be a while before he'll have use of his right hand. But with the Martin family immediately out for revenge, Cheyenne doesn't have time to heal, and he'll need more than just one good hand to keep him alive."Torridon" tells the story of Paul Torridon, raised from the age of seven by his family's archrivals, the Bretts. Over the years the hatred between the local clans slows to a simmer, until one day a majestic Brett family colt becomes a one-man horse . . . to none other than Paul Torridon!Finally, in the title story, wealthy rancher Oliver Lane is believed to be near death. Lane's will calls for his entire fortune to be passed along to his drifter nephew, Sandy Lane, but only if Sandy should return before a set date. After that, it's all up for grabs for Henry Barnes, and Barnes is not one to leave such matters to chance!Max Brand has been captivating audiences for generations with his vivid tales of wild frontier exploits. Gunman's Rendezvous finds the legendary author in top form, spinning three edge-of-your-seat stories that find rugged heroes in life-and-death situations.
One Kid Against a Pack of Killers With Shay's hombres squatting on their land, John Milman and his daughter Georgia believed they were licked. Then a handsome youngster named The Kid came around offering to tangle with Shay's cutthroats single-handed. Milman couldn't understand why, but when Georgia looked into the Kid's eyes, her heart leapt and she thought she knew the reason. Both she and her father knew that the Kid's guns spelled trouble for Shay, and that the captured waters of Dry Creek would run red when the duel between the Kid and killer exploded.
The King Bird had always escaped the traps set for him. He had defied posses to capture him, knowing he had the advantages of skill and guts. But now, trapped in this room, with men outside ready to kill him and a gun trained on his back, he felt that he had finally come to the end of his trail. This was one ambush he couldn't ride away from. The voice behind the door mocked him. "Good-bye, King. Sorry to be so rough. Ready, boys! Let it go!" The King Bird knew after an instant, when he smelled the odor of smoke and heard the crackling of flames on 'dry wood, that whatever hope there might be, there was none for him in this room. His only chance was to go outside and face those waiting guns....
From legendary Western author Max Brand comes a tale of covert espionage, gold, and a mysterious figure on horseback. In this dramatic and strange story, Lefty Bill Ranger, an Alaskan mail carrier, travels to Circle City through a terrific snowstorm. There he meets Menneval--a man who is widely feared throughout the territory--and is offered a job. He is to go to Tuckerville, California, and from there to the mountain fastness where Peter Crosson and his son, Oliver, live in total isolation. Menneval wants Ranger to watch and report what he sees for a period of six months. The pay for this espionage will be $6,000 in gold. Ranger, attracted by the money, accepts the assignment. In the Sierra Mountains, Ranger sets up his camp and, pretending to be a trapper, keeps the Crosson ranch under surveillance. One day, Ranger is amazed to witness a gigantic mountain lion being pursued by a pack of wolves and followed by a bronzed youth on horseback. The wolf pack seems to be under the guidance of the youth, who carries only a hunting knife. Later, two hardcases fully armed with rifles and revolvers attempt to enter the Crosson range, intent on rustling Crosson cattle. They disappear, and, when Ranger next sees them, the men are afoot, covered with wounds, their clothes in tatters, fleeing in terror for their very lives. It is here that Lefty Bill Ranger will experience, for the first time, what is called the lightning of gold.
Tommy Mayo seemed like just a loafer, but didn't fool former gambler and gunslick Henry Grant. When Grant heard that the rancher's son had leveled a hardened outlaw with one bullet, Grant knew he had found his man. Henry Grant needed protection and young Mayo needed a guide. But Mayo's knack for the gunslinger game was frightening. He tamed the fiercest and fastest stallion Grant had ever seen, dealt poker hands like a sharp, and drew a gun with the speed of lightning. With his cool nerve and shiny new revolvers, Mayo was burning for action. Grant had a wild plan of vengeance to wipe out his old gang, and Tommy was more than ready for his final death defying test in... THE MAKING OF A GUNMAN.
Prologue Books presents: A Western thriller from Max Brand.In The Man from Mustang, Silvertip hunts a man whose face he's never seen . . . And whose name he doesn't know!"The explosion of the shot echoed through the saloon. The moment before, a gun had glinted in the night through an open window. Now Buck lay on the floor, fighting for his life, trying to raise himself on one hand trying to breathe. He reached up and caught Silvertip's hand. He tried to speak, but only red bubbles of blood burst on his lips."
As a youth, Lee Porfilo was always in trouble. If he wasn't knocking someone down, he was ready to battle any cowpoke who came along. But a penniless brawler couldn't stand up to the power of rich ranchers, and the Chase brothers would do whatever it took to defeat Lee - even frame him for murder. Desperate and alone, Porfilo had to choose between the hangman's noose and a wild bid to prove his innocence His every move dogged by lawmen and bounty hunters, he fled into the wilderness. But a man couldn't run forever, and Lee Porfilo would rather die facing his enemies head on than live as an outlaw and coward.
Winsor Glanvil pays court to Louise Carney, heiress to a fortune, and she agrees to marry him. The marriage is opposed by big Jack Rutledge, a jealous rival and formidable foe, so Glanvil and Louise plan to be married in a sequestered valley by a local clergyman. Rutledge and his supporters, learning of the plan, arrive in the valley ahead of the two and seize Glanvil. Glanvil is beaten mercilessly and Rutledge disfigures him, destroying one side of his face with the cutting edge of a spur. Rutledge then rejoins his gang in the clergyman's house. Although Glanvil has been seriously weakened, he manages to get access to firearms and breaks in on the gang, shooting Rutledge and escaping on a stolen horse. Deep in the hills, safely beyond pursuit but exhausted and near death, Glanvil finds a cave in which to seek sanctuary. Unfortunately the cave is not empty--it is the den of a she-wolf and her young cub. Now Glanvil has another fight to win. Yet over the winter months while recovering his health, Glanvil manages to bond with the wolves. When he sets out in the spring to revenge himself on Rutledge's gang--only to learn that Rutledge is very much alive and engaged to Louise Carney--he is not alone.
Tom Derry owed Buck Rainey his life--twice over. When Rainey saved him from an angry bull, Tom thought that here was a good and brave man. When Rainey helped him fight some men who wanted his blood, Tome knew that if there was ever anything he could do for Buck, he'd do it gladly. Rainey knew this too. So he asked Tom to help get his friend Barry Christian out of jail--and out of a hanging. Tom figured that if Christian was Buck's friend, he couldn't be a murderer. And when Buck said the Jim Silver, the man who'd put Christian behind bars, was a lying, scheming killer, Tom had no reason to doubt him. So Tom helped Christian escape--and was repaid by being sent on a ride on Christian's horse, the horse whose trail Silver was tracking. When Silver caught up with him, Tom though that he was finished. But Jim Silver knew a decent man when he saw one, and let Derry go. It was then that Tom realized the truth: Christian was a killer, and if he had the chance, he would kill Silver. Tom knew he had to stop him somehow--even if it meant doublecrossing the man who had twice saved his life.
"Raisin' Hell is a Profitable Crop!" said the man with the shotgun, and Templar was beginning to believe him. The sheriff offered Templar $50 a week; the saloon owner offered him $75. What had Templar done to command these magnificent offers? He'd gone into the town of Last Luck, gotten drunk and laid out almost every able-bodied man in town. But there was still another offer to come. A very rich man would pay him $5,000 for a month's service as a bodyguard. When Templar gasped at the price, the rich man looked at him earnestly. "I live," Condon said, "in constant fear of murder."
Lost in the vast plains without a guide, a horseman must brave the elements and the local Cheyenne if he has any hopes of survival!In "Man from the Sky," Paul Torridon and his plainsman guide ride together on their way to Fort Kendry. But one morning the guide has vanished without a trace, and Paul is left with just his faithful steed. Paul knows that his destination will be near impossible to find without a guide, and that's only if he and his horse make it out of the barren plains alive. But just as it looks like Paul's luck has finally run out, he stumbles upon an ailing Cheyenne warrior sprawled on a small island in a dry gulch . . .The title story opens with renowned gunman Hank Peyton on his deathbed. Hank tells his son Jerry that he'll be leaving him his legendary gun, known as The Voice of La Paloma. But Jerry soon falls on tough times and becomes easy prey for the corrupt sheriff and his posse, who accuse him of stealing horses. When the real horse thief is discovered, instead of clearing Jerry's name the sheriff makes a deal with the outlaw: steal The Voice of Paloma, and the crime will be forgiven!Peyton collects two of legendary Western author Max Brand's most exciting stories in one volume, showcasing a master of his craft at work.
Three thrilling tales from one of the masters of frontier fiction!In "Paradise Al," Brand tells the first of two stories about Paradise Al, a drifter and rambler who has been riding the rails when he jumps off a passenger train just outside of town. He's caught and thrown in jail, but his resemblance to the Pendletons, a local family, gets him out. Suddenly Al is caught in the middle of the Pendletons' long-standing feud with the Draytons, another local clan that has a wild, untamed stallion and has boasted it will give the horse to anyone who can ride him. Paradise Al, clearly a novice when it comes to horses, takes up the challenge, with two conditions: he gets to keep the horse on the Pendleton Ranch for a week and he gets to marry young Molly Drayton."Paradise Al's Confession" is another chapter in the saga of Paradise Al, masquerading as Al Pendleton. He's now planning on marrying Molly Drayton and is busy at work starting up a ranch when an unexpected visitor arrives and threatens to pull the rug out from under Al and his entire charade.In "The Quest," Barney Dwyer is a social outcast with more brawn than brains who has yet to find his place in the world. Dwyer works on Daniel Peary's ranch, and when he unintentionally breaks one of Peary's tools, he's fired. But Peary decides to give Dwyer an opportunity to get his job back-he tells Dwyer to track down Peary's estranged son Len and bring him home. Dwyer accepts, but has no idea what an impossible task he is about to embark on.
From legendary Western author Max Brand comes a collection of stories about a slave, a jewel thief, and a captive. In "Master and Man," Bobbie is a black man who can outride, outfight, and outshoot any white man in the mountain desert. His unwavering moral code serves as a model for his often cruel and dissolute white master. "A Lucky Dog" is a tale of the desperate flight of a jewel thief named Hagger from the man he robbed. In Colorado, facing a battle with winter cold and snow, he comes upon an isolated cabin and its sole occupant, a weakened bull terrier left there to starve to death. The man and dog come to depend on each other--to a point where Hagger would make any sacrifice and endure any hardship just to keep the dog alive. In the title story, "Red Fire," Paul Torridon, called White Thunder by the Cheyenne Indians, and his girlfriend, Nancy Brett, are being held prisoner by the Cheyenne because they believe he can cure illness and bring rain. While Roger Lincoln, a frontiersman who has known Torridon since the early days of his feud with the Brett clan, devises a plan for their escape, Torridon's captors take every precaution they can to keep him imprisoned, even if it means killing him rather than losing him.
A thief has a change of heart after a robbery goes wrong and decides to return the money . . . at all costs!In "Bad News for Bad Men," Jimmy Jones is a ne'er-do-well with a trigger finger who has spent half his life raising hell. In hopes of turning his life around, Jimmy arrives to the town of Jasper, where his uncle has gotten him a job at the town newspaper. No longer a gunfighter, Jimmy is now an editor. But his uncle welcomes Jimmy with a warning: "The only news in Jasper is bad news."When Bill Genniver and his partner, Jerry Garlan, decide to hold up a stagecoach for some quick cash, the two outlaws quickly find themselves at odds. Garlan shoots down a horse to stop the stage, but Genniver takes it one step further when he shoots a passenger to get to the cash. With the cold-blooded money in their hands, Garlan's conscience gets the better of him. He regrets not only killing the horse, but the whole robbery too, and decides that somehow he has to do the right thing and return the money in "The Lion's Share."The title story introduces Jerry Finnegan, a rancher and a family man. But when Slade the outlaw and his band of misfits threaten to kill Finnegan and his family to steal the ranch, Finnegan calls out to Charlie Kimball for help. Kimball knows his friend is in trouble, and believes the real reason Slade wants the ranch is a special well on the property that just happens to turn the water blood red.
Maimed by his injuries, Peter Hale battled the Westerner's scorn for a cripple, and brought new life and prosperity to the family ranch. Then he dropped out of sight.
The thrilling conclusion to Max Brand's Rusty Sabin trilogy.Born to white parents, Rusty Sabin was taken prisoner and raised by the Cheyennes in Sacred Valley. The Cheyennes know him now as Red Hawk, an admired leader and great warrior. Sabin falls in love with Maisry Lester, a young frontierswoman, and decides to desert the Cheyennes to pursue a different kind of life, but fate soon intervenes.Sabin finds two bags of gold in a Sacred Valley creek and decides to leave one with the Cheyennes and give one to Maisry. When a local frontiersman decides to try and pilfer the sack that Sabin designated for the Cheyennes, Maisry's father is killed in the crossfire. Standing Bull, a Cheyenne leader, is wrongfully blamed for the murder, and Sabin finds himself in the middle of a frontiersmen-Indian conflict. He'll have to figure out where exactly his loyalty lies and how to resolve a conflict threatening to erupt in bloodshed.First serialized in 1935, The Sacred Valley-the final installment of the Rusty Sabin trilogy-cemented Max Brand's reputation as one of the most exciting and talented writers working in the Western genre. To this day, Rusty Sabin remains an indelible American character, caught between two worlds and simply trying to do the right thing.
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