A quiet haunted man, Paul Cable walked away from a lost cause hoping to pick up where he left off. But things have changed in Arizona since he first rode out to go fight for the Confederacy. Two brothers - Union men - have claimed his spread and they're not about to give it back, leaving Cable and his family no place to settle in peace. It seems this war is not yet over for Paul Cable. But no one's going to take away his land and his future - not with their laws, their lies, or their guns.
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Another stellar performance by a true master. With not a word extra and no extraneous element to slow the plot down, the story drives forward with all the force and inevitability of a falling redwood, the prose so stripped-down and pure as to make even Hemingway look florid. Despite the tale's apparent simplicity Leonard even manages to add an element of moral ambiguity to the genre's usually stark division between good and evil, making the already gripping story even more compelling. The remarkable thing is that Leonard's sure hand should be no less apparent in this, and other of his early Westerns, as it is in his later work. A real gem.