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Monday’s Western Review

Book Review: Mustang Man

First, let me come right out and say it, I’m a huge Louis L’Amour fan. He was my introduction into Westerns and for decades has remained my “go-to” for a Saturday afternoon. I’ve read each of his books at least three times over the years and many of them more often than that. Before today,

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Book Review: Outrage at Blanco

I just finished reading Bill Crider’s “Outrage at Blanco.” I crawled into my hammock this morning and didn’t leave until I was done. It’s that good. Ellie Taine is raped while on her way home from town. Her husband, a farmer, attempts to avenge her rape and is killed for his efforts, gunned down in

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Book Review: Edge: The Loner

It seems appropriate to publish this review the day before Halloween. It is one scary book. The timing is also good because this will be one of the odder reviews that I write. It’s for a book I haven’t — and won’t — read. George Gilman’s “Edge: The Loner” is one of the books featured

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Book Review: The Last Notch

“The Last Notch” is Arnold Hano’s twisted take on the traditional Western. The antagonist is known only as The Kid — we never learn his given name. It is established early on that he is pure evil, a hired killer who takes pleasure in striking fear and killing, sometimes slowly. He spends much of his

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Book Review: The Man in Black

Al Conroy wrote this book and it’s a fun read. The story is fairly common — a small town held under the thumb of a greedy (in this case, two), wealthy, cruel landowner. Town folk are afraid to stand up for themselves until a tall, strong, handy-with-a-gun stranger (Clayburn, no first name) rides into town

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Movie Review: True Grit; 1969

Following up on last week’s review of the book, “True Grit,” (not just one of my favorite Westerns, but one of my favorite books from any genre), I thought it would be fun to take a look at the original movie. “True Grit” was released only one year after Charles Portis’ book by the same

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Book Review: True Grit

“True Grit” is a story that many of us know, probably more as a result of two very popular movies than of the actual book itself. However, the book is well worth reading independently of the movies. A young girl, Mattie Ross, of Dardanelle, Arkansas, hires Marshall “Rooster” Cogburn, a man with a checkered past

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Book Review: Broken Trail

Alan Geoffrion invested more than five years doing research for the book, “The Broken Trail,” focusing on — and then combining — two separate, but historically accurate stories. The first was about the forced prostitution of young Chinese girls who were taken from the far West and brought into the interior of the U.S. —

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Book Review: Henry Goes Arizona

The first question you have to ask yourself as you’re starting to read “Henry Goes Arizona” is, “Am I reading a comedy with a Western bent, or a Western, with a bit of comedy thrown in?” Either way, it’s fun to read about a lifetime vaudevillian, who rather than taking his last bow and retiring

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Book Review: The Mark of Zorro

Johnston McCulley’s “The Mark of Zorro” was released, under this name, in 1924. It was originally published in 1919 under the name “The Curse of Capistrano,” which is Zorro’s other nickname throughout the book. Even most of us who haven’t read the book are familiar with the story through a variety of movies. Don Diego

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