Devil's Rim

Devil's Rim

by Sam Brown
     
 

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Concho Smith was riding through Devil's Rim with a thunderstorm close at his heels when he stopped to help a ranchwoman hang a tall pole gate. In return, Judith Van let him and his horse use the barn for the night.

The next day she offered him a job. The Van Ranch was in poor shape because Judith's husband was crippled by a horse accident a year ago. Concho accepted

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Concho Smith was riding through Devil's Rim with a thunderstorm close at his heels when he stopped to help a ranchwoman hang a tall pole gate. In return, Judith Van let him and his horse use the barn for the night.

The next day she offered him a job. The Van Ranch was in poor shape because Judith's husband was crippled by a horse accident a year ago. Concho accepted and quickly ran afoul of the Vans' vindictive neighbor, Bob Shiner, and his henchman, locking them all in a struggle for survival, in Sam Brown's latest classic western.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Once again mixing action and everyday turn-of-the-century cowboy life, Brown (The Long Drift) adds to his reputation as a competent, traditional yarn-spinner in this tale of a good-hearted drifter in love with the boss's wife. Traveling through eastern New Mexico, Concho Smith encounters Judyth Van, mail-order bride of Sid Van, an alcoholic rancher crippled in a riding accident only a few weeks after his marriage. A pretty ex-schoolmarm with frontier grit, Judyth instantly arrests Concho's attention and affection when she hires him to pull the ranch into shapethough neither one knows that it will be up to Concho to save the ranch from the gang of nefarious cattle baron Little Bob Shiner. The plot is saved from banality by twists that reveal Concho's flaws and self-doubts. (How many tough guys throw a punch at a drunken cripple? How many get punched back?) Lively and believable dialogue and a comic sidekick offset a somewhat puritanical (and not entirely credible) treatment of the love triangle in this workmanlike tale. (Mar.) FYI: Devil's Rim is the final volume in the longtime Walker Western series.
VOYA - Linda Roberts
Riding through Devil's Rim, New Mexico, on his way to Mexico, cowboy/drifter Concho Smith stops to help a ranchwoman, Judith Van, hang a gate during a thunderstorm. She allows him and his horse to spend the night in the barn, and the next day she offers him a job rounding up cows, branding them, and readying them for market. Judith's husband, Sid, has been crippled in a horse accident, and Concho's help is needed to save their farm from a neighboring rancher. What starts out for Concho as a few days helping out turns into a grueling struggle against the Vans' vindictive neighbor, Bob Shiner; and against his own growing feelings of love for Judith. This is an entertaining, action-packed western with gun fights, fist fights, cattle round-ups, and tender, but chaste, love scenes. Adults and teens who enjoy reading westerns will probably like this one, and it also might appeal to reluctant readers, especially males. I would not recommend it specifically for a young adult collection, but rather for a popular fiction collection in a public library. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

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ISBN-13:
9781602859333
Publisher:
Center Point
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

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