A collection of classic Western Tales
"Canon Walls" by Zane Grey
Smoke Bellew enters a remote Mormon settlement only a jump ahead of a posse. Finding employment as a ranch hand working for a dowager Mormon, Smoke finds that his life undergoes a transformation and he is able to make her ranch a financial success, at the same time falling in love with her wanton daughter, Rebecca. But it is too good to last. The law follows him.
"Black Sheep" by Max Brand
YoungMary Valentine - upstart, tomboy, and general troublemaker - is seeking to protect a man wanted by the law. To complicate her life even further, her two cousins, who have been dodging the law, return home and decide with their father to join the notorious Markle gang in holding up the local bank.
"Showdown on the Hogback" by Louis L'Amour
Tom Kedrick is hired by a financial syndicate to run off a gang of vagrants and outlaws from a certain strip of land. Kedrick setsout to serve justice, but to his dismay, these "vagrants and outlaws" turn outto be hard-working ranchers and farmers also claiming the land.
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Totally Enjoyable combination of stories
This collection hit the spot. It contains an out-and-out romance by Zane Grey, a suspenseful story by Max Brand told from the unusual perspective of a child, and a full-fledged mystery//western by Louis L'Amour.
I always enjoy how Louis L'Amour can put some historical education and perspective into his stories. The background for his Captain Tom Kettridge is an example of that: the character's resume is a survey of wars and battles fought around the world at the time of the Old West era.
The descriptions of sliding down a haystack in the moonlight made for a fun and memorable scene in the Zane Grey story. For the rest, shootout scenes are always fun.
I could have listened to it all at once if time had permitted, it was all that good. But the audio player sometimes cut out on me and I had to pick up the story later.
- Paige Smith