If you like your westerns with a stiff dose of righteous vengeance and well-deserved comeuppance, you'll love The Rangeland Avenger by prolific author and beloved master of the genre Max Brand. A softspoken but ruthless protagonist cuts a swath of violent payback across the Wild West in this thrill-a-minute adventure.
He was still a young man, but he'd used that handful of years effectively, building a bad reputation that spanned the West, his villainy taking different forms everywhere it took roost. Denver knew him as the Doctor; Texans called him Montana; and folks in Idaho called him Texas. On account of his youth, most everywhere else called him the Lonesome Kid.
But when he finally gets arrested for vagrancy, he tells the sheriff his name is Alfred Lamb....
7) Daring Duval
Within ten days of stepping out of the woods afoot near the town of Moose Creek, Duval was the most popular man in the district. After all, what wasn't there to like? He was a good listener, generous with his money, a great cook and host, and a hard worker on old Dad Wilbur's place, which he bought for $1,500. He wins the admiration of Sheriff Nat Adare when he quells and befriends the often-wild Charlie Nash and pays for the damages he has caused...
Tom Derry owed Buck Rainey his life—twice over.
When Rainey saved him from an angry bull, Tom thought that here was a good and brave man. When Rainey helped him fight some men who wanted his blood, Tom knew that if there was ever anything he could do for Buck, he'd do it gladly.
Rainey knew this too. So he asked Tom to help get his friend Barry Christian out of jail—and out of a hanging. Tom figured that if Christian was Buck's...
11) The false rider
A gun cracked!
The lantern in the deserted mine was smashed to bits. Then Jim Silver's great voice boomed through the darkness, "Barry Christian, I've come for you!"
Christian screamed, not like a man but like a tortured woman. He was sick with fear. Somewhere in the blackness his worst enemy—a deadly enemy—was moving closer ... closer ... Christian took out his knife and held it in front of him. Then suddenly a fist boomed against...
Steve Wycombe was a low-down snake till the day he died ... and even after death. To his three worst enemies—Morris Delgas, Harry Rutherford, and Jim Silver—he left his land, stock, and cash. It was his last evil plan, shrewd and vindictive.
To profit from his inheritance, the three would have to run his ranch together. Wycombe knew the criminals, Delgas and Rutherford, wouldn't cooperate with the honest Silvertip.
Sooner or later...
Silvertip's Roundup is and Old Western tale of adventure told by Max Brand, one of America's favorite western writers. Brand tells the story of the legendary Arizona Jim "Silvertip" Silver, who shoots fast, stays cook, and brings to justice killers and thieves who make a habit of taking the law into their own hands.
When Barry Christian, one of the West's most detestable law breakers, starts making trouble in Horseshoe Flat, Silvertip is ready...
Bill Gary was near death. Blood gushed from the gaping wound inflicted by the giant wolf who now lay stunned at his feet. Slowly, agonizingly, he drew a diagram, stuffed it inside his dead dog's collar, and fastened the collar around the neck of the wolf. Then, with excruciating effort, he opened the trap and released the wolf.
In that collar Gary had tucked a map to the location of a vein of gold he had discovered only hours before. This most...
It was a one shot kill ...
But it wasn't the man Silvertip meant to kill. It was just a kid wearing Bandini's cape. And while Silvertip wasn't denying he pulled the trigger, it was Bandini who set the youngster up, sending him out of the saloon to die like a dog. It should have been the back-shooting, throat-cutting Bandini who bled his life away into the dust of that dark alley.
Before the young boy's corpse was cold, Silvertip made an oath....
17) Silvertip's Trap
At 30, Bill Naylor had spent half his life behind bars. Free again, and while looking for a new job, he saves a man from drowning. The rescued man turns out to be Barry Christian, the outlaw king. Naylor, rewarded with a top job in Christian's gang, thinks his fortune's made. But Christian's deadly enemy is Arizona Jim Silver—the legendary Silvertip.
Silvertip has vowed to bring Christian to justice. Naylor, who know firsthand about Silvertip's...
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20) Torturous Trek
On a cold, gusty night in Circle City, Alaska, Sammy Day walks into Nagle's Bar. He is only twenty-two, but he has been on his own for ten years. He has worked cattle from Montana to Chihuahua, but a little "accident" at a poker table in Montana sent him on a forced march to Alaska to avoid a posse. He is down to his last fifty cents.