BLACK SHEEP –A vintage western story by Will Jenkins /aka Murray Leinster with an introduction by one of his daughters.
Enough action to last an average man a lifetime is packed into the thirty-six hours, which contain the whole span of this book. Steve Galt, the black sheep of his family, returns to his home range to be held up and forcibly paid a money-belt full of gold-pieces in exchange for his boots. He finds a dead man, and convincing evidence that he himself is the murderer. He finds the dead man's daughter, the only person who will believe in his innocence. He finds his kin, his enemies, and his friends all dead, and a mob bringing dynamite to blow open the jail in which he takes temporary refuge.
With such happenings to start off with, it seems only reasonable that he should accept a deputy sheriff's appointment with orders to, "Go out an' let folks chase you. An' when they catch you—arrest 'em!"
Officially a deputy sheriff, he is hunted as a murderer and he has to use the tactics of a rustler in order to accomplish his mission. When he has uncovered the remarkably simple system of theft, he has to rope and tie the men he selects as his posse. And he leads them to the place of combat tied to their saddles and disarmed lest they turn on him.
Brace yourself for a whirlwind climax as Steve rustles himself a new life and new reputation.
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About the Author
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.