Monument Rock

Monument Rock

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by Louis L'Amour
     
 

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TREASURES OF THE FRONTIER
 
This priceless collection of once lost stories brings to life a time of desperate violence and true courage in a wide-open country of fortune seekers and dreamers, lawbreakers and pioneers. A newly sworn-in marshal must outwit a mysterious killer who’s fleecing his neighbors while secretly cutting their throats. . . . A… See more details below

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TREASURES OF THE FRONTIER
 
This priceless collection of once lost stories brings to life a time of desperate violence and true courage in a wide-open country of fortune seekers and dreamers, lawbreakers and pioneers. A newly sworn-in marshal must outwit a mysterious killer who’s fleecing his neighbors while secretly cutting their throats. . . . A young drifter, wounded in a gunfight, finds a chance to change his ways—but he must be willing to pay with his life. . . . A fiercely independent woman and a mysterious stranger take a desperate stand against those out to drive her from her home. . . . And in the haunting short novel Monument Rock, a shadowy horseman delivers a terrifying message to an innocent young woman—the shocking truth about the two men closest to her heart. History, humor, action, and adventure fill the pages of these masterpieces, told by one of the foremost storytellers of our time.


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The late (d. 1988), leathery, awesomely unstoppable (over 100 books still in print) L'Amour, still producing fluently from his grave ("End of the Drive", 1997), offers one more gathering of unpublished tales, proving again that great writing laughs at death. Showing sheer contempt for slow openings, L'Amour's seven newly discovered short stories offer some breath-catching first paragraphs echoing with the cold steel click of a Colt 45 hammer being cocked. The lead story, "The Man from Utah," polishes L'Amour's walnut prose to its glossiest grain. Bearing a fearsome reputation as a gunfighter, Marshall Utah Blaine arrives in Squaw Creek to investigate 14 recent murders (three were marshals) by a cunning bandit masquerading as an upright citizen. By a process of deduction, the shrewd Blaine narrows his suspects down until he has the killer. "Here Ends the Trail" opens with a High L'Amouresque Miltonic Inversion: "Cold was the night and bitter the wind and brutal the trail behind. Hunched in the saddle, I growled at the dark and peered through the blinding rain. The agony of my wound was a white-hot flame from the bullet of Korry Gleason." This builds to an explosive climax that mixes vengeance with great-heartedness. "Battle at Burnt Camp," "Ironwood Station" and "The Man from the Dead Hills" all live up to the melodrama of their blue-steel titles. "Strawhouse Trail" opens memorably with the line: "He looked through his field glasses into the eyes of a dying man." And never lets up. The title novella tells of Lona Markham's unwilling engagement to six-foot-five, 250-pound, harsh-lipped Frank Mailer, who has "blue, slightly glassy eyes." Will Lance Kilkenny, the mysterious BlackRider, save her from indestructible Mailer? Stinging stories of powerful men against landscapes you can strike a match on.

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ISBN-13:
9780553899504
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
101,917
File size:
2 MB

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