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Blood Valley Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2006

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William W. Johnstone is one of Kensington's bestselling authors, with more than 200 titles to his credit. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786017708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786017706
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story, written in first person narrative, is pulled off beautifully by Johnstone. The young anti hero, Cotton Pickens will have you rolling with laughter and on the edge of your seat with plenty of mystery and excitement. A must read if you read western fiction at all. In the book, Cotton becomes a sheriff in a small cowtown, restores order, finds a girlfriend, foils a take over of the town, stops greedy landgrabbers, kills several night riding farm burners, and keeps the peace while keeping you in hysterics. William Johnstone is at the top of his game with this book.
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Twenty-eight year old Cotton Pickens wasn't looking for much other than a warm meal when he came to the Wyoming town of Doubtful. But when a shootout with some gamblers shows off his skills with a gun, the residents elect him as sheriff overnight. After accepting the position, Cotton comes face-to-face with a few members of Circle L--led by Big Mike Romain--the gang who roped and dragged the last lawman of Doubtful. Cotton provokes the gang by unhitching the saddle of Rusty and making him drop to the ground, and after a short stand-off, ends up with Rusty as his new deputy. The new deputy informs Cotton of a war brewing amid "The Big Three": Rockinghorse, Circle L and Quartermoon, a trio of ranches that nearly own a million acres between them ... and how only he and Cotton stand against them.

Cotton comes face to face with the range war when nightriders from Circle L attack a farm one night. Crops are destroyed, the house burned down, the husband killed and one of the daughters is raped and murdered. Soon the news spreads that Circle L has hired Jack Crow, a Mississippian gunslinger with a nasty reputation. And this worries Cotton. He cooks up a plan to help control the coming war in Doubtful: new laws banning gunfire and horse riding in town. He also seeks help from any ranch riders who don't want blood on their hands. But will any of his efforts pay off, or will he become one of the causalities of the loudening ranch war?

Blood Valley--originally published in 1988--is full of action, drama, topped off wonderfully with sarcasm and comedy. A true Western classic!
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Want a good ole fashion shoot um up western? You found it! With a name like Cotton Pickens as our hero you cant go wrong. Enjoy the Ride!
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By Steven on November 23, 2013
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Yet another great William W.Johnstone book to add to your wish list. Bill sure can write a book tell a story like you are riding right along side the main character..
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By grer59 on September 4, 2013
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AS USUAL WILLIAM W. JHONSTON BOOKS ARE THE BEST READING, THIS ONE GIVES MORE INSIGHT TO COTTONS PRIOR LIFE, ALSO ANOTHER HORSE.
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Good book and good story with a great action sequence. Characters are well thought out and sequence of events is riveting
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if anybody want's to read a real good western by w.w.johnstone then i highly recommened blood valley.it was not only a great story it was without a doubt the most hilarious westerns i ever read.and let me tell you i have read a lot in the 30 to 40 years i have been reading westerns.the character "cotton pickens"has got to be one the most hilarious characters i have ever read.if you purchase this book and i think you should if you want a good laugh you won't go wrong.if you have the kind of sense of humor that can laugh at some pretty crazy things like telling the reader about his horse farting all the time throughout the book and then describing in detail what went on at the town council meeting,i won't say any more about that part you have to read it for yourself,then you won't go wrong buying this book.i enjoyed every word in this book.
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Someone told me the first in the Blood Valley series was written in 1988, a Zebra book. I'd already read the series from 2006 to the latest in 2013. So I bought the 1988 book.
Big surprise; same book. And I checked the title page of the 2006 book and found the 1988 copyright date was right there. So I couldn't be upset.
The 1988/2006 story was a 5-star, as it should be since Bill Johnstone was the author.
The remaining five books by the "selected" writers went from bad to worse. I do hope the 2013 book is the last one.
Norm
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