THE KID DEPUTY - A vintage western story by Will Jenkins/aka Murray Leinster ?with an introduction by one of his daughters. Prison Valley was thought to be uninhabited. The Jailhouse Mine had long been abandoned, and the desolate region of precipitous hills and tortured rocks had long since been forgotten by the citizens of Pinon City. Yet the bullet-ridden body of a man had been found in the stream which flowed through the narrow entrance to ...
THE KID DEPUTY - A vintage western story by Will Jenkins/aka Murray Leinster
—with an introduction by one of his daughters.
Prison Valley was thought to be uninhabited. The Jailhouse Mine had long been abandoned, and the desolate region of precipitous hills and tortured rocks had long since been forgotten by the citizens of Pinon City. Yet the bullet-ridden body of a man had been found in the stream which flowed through the narrow entrance to the Valley. It seemed that he had been killed near the Mine and the Sheriff had gone to find out more. But after four days he had not returned.
The Kid Deputy was determined to find the Sheriff. To the harsh tune of whizzing bullets and the resonant cracks of flashing six-guns he was horrified to find the blood-stained saddle and wounded horse of the Sheriff. The Kid was more than ever determined to run down the killers, and he does so in a thrilling hunt. Bullets fly and men ride hard when the Kid hits the trail.
In those days in the old Southwest — to pin a Sheriff's star to a man's vest was virtually the same as signing his death warrant. The author of “Fighting Horse Valley” and “Rustlin' Sheriff” has created in “The Kid Deputy” a reckless, untamed, completely lovable youth, who romps through a yarn packed with genuine excitement.
Science fiction fans recognize the name Murray Leinster as one of the most prolific writers of the pulp fiction era, producing over 1500 short stories, 100 books, movie scripts, and more. But under his own name, William Fitzgerald (Will F.) Jenkins wrote extensively in other genres, from Westerns to adventure stories and mysteries. Jenkins’s work appeared frequently in “Argosy,” “Amazing Stories,” “Colliers,” “Cosmopolitan,” “Saturday Evening Post,” “Woman’s Home Companion,” “Country Gentleman,” “American,” and other national magazines, and a handful of his stories (including MEXICAN TRAIL) were turned into movies in the early film era.
Born in Norfolk, VA on June 16, 1896, Jenkins served with the Committee of Public Information and the United States Army (1917-1918) during World War I before becoming a free-lance writer. In 1921, he married Mary Mandola, and they had four daughters. He enjoyed tinkering and held two patents (#2727427 and #2727429, issued December 20, 1955) for devices for producing photographic effects.
As Murray Leinster, Jenkins was often known as “The Dean of Science Fiction” for his innovative writings and fascination with gadgetry. His short story “A Logic Named Joe” is generally regarded as the first fictional account of home computers and the Internet (published in 1946). He won the Liberty Award in 1937 for "A Very Nice Family," the 1956 Hugo Award for Best Novelette for "Exploration Team," and a retro-Hugo in 1996 for Best Novelette for "First Contact." With a writing career that spanned well over half of the 20th century, Jenkins earned many devoted readers as well as the respect of his fellow authors before his death in 1975.