FIGHTING HORSE VALLEY – A vintage western story by Will Jenkins aka Murray Leinsterin a new edition authorized by the Jenkins estate with an introduction by one of his daughters.
It’s 1934 and the New Deal price for gold leads Chet Holliday into Alminas to reopen an abandoned gold mine. This is the real Wild West, in which the conflict between Chet and the outlaw horse Typhoon is a strictly personal battle, and where six-guns still flash upon occasion.
When Chet turns prospector, he little reckons with the cold fury of Wallace, uncle of the lovely Carol Bradley, or with de Aviguez, who bore a mysterious and powerful hold over Wallace. He couldn't guess why Wallace, eager that the mine should remain undisturbed, should take steps to drive him out of Alminas, why even the sheriff was in concert with Wallace and de Aviguez in their treacherous undertaking.
But he learned! Events moved fast in Alminas. Too fast to suit several hombres with plans of their own concerning Chet. A Will Jenkins adventure yarn that can confidently be said to be his most startling, compelling and altogether thrilling tale of the West he knows so well.
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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.