• Coyote Wind

    Coyote Wind

    Bowen, Peter

    First in the crime-fiction series set in the modern-day west, starring a half-French, half-Indian "character of legendary proportions" (Ridley Pearson). Officially, Gabriel Du Pré is the cattle inspector for Toussaint, Montana, responsible for making sure no one tries to sell livestock branded by another ranch. Unofficially, he is responsible for much more than cows' backsides. The barren country around Toussaint is too vast for the town's small police force, and so, when needed, this hard-nosed Métis Indian lends a hand. When the sheriff offers gas money to investigate newly discovered plane wreckage in the desert, Du Pré quickly finds himself embroiled in a mystery stretching back a generation. For three decades, the crashed plane sat in the sun as the bodies inside rotted away to their bones. Two skeletons are whole, but for one nothing remains but the hands, the skull, and the bullet that ended his life. The crime was hidden long ago, but in the Montana badlands, nothing stays buried forever . . . In Gabriel Du Pré, "Bowen has taken the antihero of Hemingway and Hammett and brought him up to date . . . a fresh, memorable character" ( The New York Times Book Review ). Coyote Wind is the 1st book in The Montana Mysteries Featuring Gabriel Du Pré series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order. (syndetics)

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  • Warlock

    Warlock

    Hall, Oakley M.

    Oakley Hall's legendary Warlock revisits and reworks the traditional conventions of the Western to present a raw, funny, hypnotic, ultimately devastating picture of American unreality. First published in the 1950s, at the height of the McCarthy era, Warlock is not only one of the most original and entertaining of modern American novels but a lasting contribution to American fiction. "Tombstone, Arizona, during the 1880's is, in ways, our national Camelot: a never-never land where American virtues are embodied in the Earps, and the opposite evils in the Clanton gang; where the confrontation at the OK Corral takes on some of the dry purity of the Arthurian joust. Oakley Hall, in his very fine novel Warlock has restored to the myth of Tombstone its full, mortal, blooded humanity. Wyatt Earp is transmogrified into a gunfighter named Blaisdell who . . . is summoned to the embattled town of Warlock by a committee of nervous citizens expressly to be a hero, but finds that he cannot, at last, live up to his image; that there is a flaw not only in him, but also, we feel, in the entire set of assumptions that have allowed the image to exist. . . . Before the agonized epic of Warlock is over with--the rebellion of the proto-Wobblies working in the mines, the struggling for political control of the area, the gunfighting, mob violence, the personal crises of those in power--the collective awareness that is Warlock must face its own inescapable Horror: that what is called society, with its law and order, is as frail, as precarious, as flesh and can be snuffed out and assimilated back into the desert as easily as a corpse can. It is the deep sensitivity to abysses that makes Warlock one of our best American novels. For we are a nation that can, many of us, toss with all aplomb our candy wrapper into the Grand Canyon itself, snap a color shot and drive away; and we need voices like Oakley Hall's to remind us how far that piece of paper, still fluttering brightly behind us, has to fall." --Thomas Pynchon (syndetics)

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  • My Ántonia

    My Ántonia

    Cather, Willa

    The reminiscences of a New York lawyer, Jim Burden, about his boyhood in Nebraska, particularly a young Bohemian girl named Antonia Shimerda, are set against the backdrop of the American assimilation immigrants.

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  • The Man From Yesterday: A Western Story

    The Man From Yesterday: A Western Story

    Overholser, Wayne D.

    Eight years after breaking up a bank robbery during which one of the robbers escaped, Neal Clark is forced to confront a couple of shady characters seeking investors for a bogus irrigation project at the same time the robbery suspect returns threatening revenge.

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  • Winter in the Blood

    Winter in the Blood

    Welch, James

    Narrated by a young Native American living on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana, this is the unforgettable story of a man living out the tragedy of his people. Intelligent, sensitive, and self destructive, he is haunted by the untimely deaths of his father and older brother and the shards of his once proud heritage. He sleepwalks through his days working on his stepfather's cattle ranch and consoles himself with alcohol and women. An ironic epiphany provides a tie to the vast land of his ancestors and an alternative to despair.

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  • Wyoming Tough

    Wyoming Tough

    Palmer, Diana

    A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day's work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit. As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin to fly, and Mallory can't help but notice Morie in a new light. But is this tough Wyoming man ready to love?

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  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    McMurtry, Larry

    The youth of a small town in mid-twentieth-century Texas search for ways to escape boredom and experience life and love.

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  • Against the Law

    Against the Law

    Martin, Kat

    Originally published: Don Mills, Ont.: Mira Books, 2011. (syndetics)

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  • A Sudden Country: A Novel

    A Sudden Country: A Novel

    Fisher, Karen

    Based on actual events of the 1847 Oregon migration, this story follows two characters of remarkable complexity and strength in a journey of survival and redemption. James MacLaren is searching for the wife who deserted him and their children, who later die of smallpox. Lucy is a remarried widow and mother, reluctantly heading west.

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  • Six-gun Caballero

    Six-gun Caballero

    Hubbard, L. Ron

    He's handsome. He's charming. He's a total gentleman -- and he's totally outgunned and outnumbered. He's Michael Patrick Obañon. He is faced with a vicious claim jumper. Can he outwit this band of outlaws in the old west. Obañon's lost his inheritance-a 100,000-acre New Mexico spread-and he could lose his life if he's not careful. A ruthless band of renegades have seized his land, and he's determined to get it back. Obañon's got one secret weapon: his fierce intelligence. He can't outshoot the outlaws, so he'll have to find a way to outwit them... Part Irish, part Mexican, Michael Patrick Obañon is as American as they come-crafty, confident, and cool under fire. It may be one man against the world, but before he's done the world will know how the West will be won. In the 1930s a radio program, Writers and Readers, hosted by Bob de Haven, delivered news of the hottest authors of the day-interviewing the writers behind the stories. Here's how he promoted an upcoming broadcast with L. Ron Hubbard: "He has placed in print a million and a half words. He is a quantity producer, well paid and in constant demand. He has outlined some valuable information on his lead novelette Six-Gun Caballero -- it is an introduction to Hubbard that is as pertinent now as it was then. (syndetics)

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