A rarely reprinted pulp magazine novel from bestselling western novelist Louis L'Amour. Showdown on the Hogback was first published in Giant Western magazine, August 1950, under the pseudonym Jim Mayo. Years later, as was Louis L'Amour's habit, it was rewritten as Showdown at Yellow Butte. Was any gunfighter ever in a worse predicament? Tom Kedrick found himself caught between two sides--and he belonged on both of them! Hired by a big land syndicate to drive out what he was told are dangerous squatters and outlaw gangs from a useless swamp, Kedrick soon finds he has been lied to and betrayed. What he finds is fertile ranch land already claimed by the farmers and ranchers who have been living there peacefully--but who are prepared to fight to the death to keep their homes. When Kedrick confronts the syndicate, he finds himself marked for death by both the syndicate's killers AND the suspicious farmers. This novel appears as it was published in the pulp magazine Giant Western, before L'Amour's paperback publisher demanded a title change and alterations. It also includes a filmography of stars, directors and screenplay writers for all the theatrical films made from the author's westerns.
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About the Author
One of our foremost storytellers of the American West, the prolific and versatile Louis L’Amour (1908-1988) has thrilled generations of readers with his chronicles of the adventures of the settlers of the American frontier, many of which have become movies. The self-educated writer was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan awarded L’Amour the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1972 he was awarded an Honorary PhD by Jamestown College.
Date of Birth:March 22, 1908
Date of Death:June 10, 1988
Place of Birth:Jamestown, North Dakota
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not LL's best, but not bad. BUT, the editing of this edition is atrocious! Tons of typos and mistakes. Seems like they just scanned and uploaded and never corrected mistakes. Publisher owes us more than that as readers.