Stripped of all he values in life, Ronan Chantry takes up his prized Ferguson rifle and heads west, into an unknown land and an uncertain future. For an educated man, Chantry is surprisingly tough. For a civilized man, he is unexpectedly dangerous. But even he can't know the true extent of his courage until he draws the fire of a man who will do anything, or kill anyone, for the glitter of gold.
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East Texas wasn't much of a home for Cullen Baker. Few liked him, and some even tried to kill him. Yet after three hard years of wandering, he's come back to farm the land that's rightfully his. Only Cullen is in for an unwelcome homecoming: his neighbors have long memories, the Reconstructionists have greedy hearts, and his worst enemy has teamed up with a vicious outlaw. But Cullen isn't about to back down. Instead, he's intent on perfecting a new way of gunfighting — the fast draw. And now, with enemies closing in on three sides and threatening the woman he loves, he'll have to be faster than lightning — and twice as deadly — just to survive.
Tom Shanaghy landed in a small Kansas town that needed an honest lawman. He did not know that a high-stakes cattle drive was headed his way and that leading it was a vindictive rancher bent on settling an old score, even if he had to destroy the town to do it.
He had led the posse for miles through the desert, but now Matt Keelock was growing desperate. He was worried about Kristina. His trip to the town of Freedom for supplies had ended in a shoot-out. If caught, he would hang. Even though Kris could handle a horse and rifle as well as most men, the possibility of Oskar Neerland’s finding her made Matt’s blood run cold. He knew that the violent and obsessive Neerland, publicly embarrassed when Matt had stepped in and stolen Kris away, would try to kill them both if given half a chance. Matt tried to convince himself that Neerland had returned to the East. But Matt was wrong. Miles away in the town of Freedom, Oskar Neerland was accepting a new job. In his first duty as marshal, he would lead the posse that was tracking down Matt Keelock.
In one swift moment, a fall wiped away his past. Now he was up and running for his life — into a tangle of lies and deceit. His memory lost, the man called "Noon" had only a name and a few clues. Where did his skill with a gun come from? What was the link between his life and buried gold worth a half a million dollars'? He didn't have the answers, but he needed them soon. Because what he still didn't know about himself, others did — including the men who wanted him dead.
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Holed up in a cabin in the Idaho hills, the mysterious man who called himself Trent wasn't looking for trouble. It came looking for him. A trigger-happy kid named Cub Hale emptied his gun into an unarmed man. Then he came swaggering after Trent. Even in that forsaken back country, he knew when a man had to speak with his shooting iron.
They tried to tell him that his father had killed himself, but Kearney McRaven knew better. No matter what life had dealt him, his father would go down fighting. Kearney knew someone was lying to him. As he delved deeper into the mystery, he learned that just before his father died, the elder McRaven had experienced a remarkable run of luck. Kearney must solve the mystery of his father's hidden past.
Lance Kilkenny has a debt to pay, and he isn't about to let the friend who saved his life go down in a range war. But when Kilkenny tries to stop the fighting, he finds there's more at stake than land or wire.
Dal and Mac Traven left Texas young and idealistic. They came back from opposite sides of a living hell, a war that had torn the nation in two. They wanted only to reclaim their old lives…but one man held their future hostage.
Colonel Henry T. Ashford had gathered an army of criminals and renegade soldiers, leading them on a path of destruction and kidnapping through Texas to the Gulf. Among Ashford’s captives were the Travens’ sister and Dal’s tough-minded fiancée, Kate.
Now Mac and Dal must take up arms once again and ride together against Ashford’s army—ready to fight another war, if that’s what it takes to win the freedom of the women they love.
"Almost forty years ago, when my fiction was being published exclusively in 'pulp' magazines, I wrote several novel-length stories, which my editors called 'magazine novels.' In creating them, I became so involved with my characters that their lives were still as much a part of me as I was of them long after the issues in which they appeared became collector's items. Pleased as I was about how I brought the characters and their adventures to life in the pages of the magazines, I still wanted the reader to know more about my people and why they did what they did. So, over the years, I revised and expanded these magazine works into fuller-length novels that I published in paperback under other titles."
"These particular early magazine versions of my books have long been a source of great speculation and curiosity among many of my readers, so much so of late, that I'm now pleased to collect three of them in book form for the first time."
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The Trail to Crazy Man contains:
In To the Far Blue Mountains, Louis L’Amour weaves the unforgettable tale of a man who, after returning to his homeland, discovers that finding his way back to America may be impossible.
Barnabas Sackett was leaving England to find his fortune in the New World. But as he settled his affairs, he learned that a Royal warrant had been sworn out against him, and that men were searching for him in every port. At issue were some rare gold coins Sackett sold to finance his trip to the Americas — coins believed to be part of a great treasure lost by King John years before.
Believing that Sackett possesses the rest of the treasure, the Queen will stop at nothing to find him. If caught, not only will his dream of a life in American be lost, he will be tortured and put to death on the gallows.