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The Horse Creek Incident (Herschel Baker) Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2006

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  • Series: Herschel Baker (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515142174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515142174
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IF THERE WAS A SATURDAY MATINEE, Dusty was there with Hoppy, Roy and Gene. He went to roundup at seven-years-old, sat on a real horse and watched them brand calves on the Peterson Ranch in Othello, Washington. When his family moved to Arizona from the Midwest, at age 13, he knew he'd gone to heaven. A horse of his own, ranches to work on, rodeos to ride in, Dusty's mother worried all his growing up years he'd turn out to be some "old cowboy bum."

He read every western book on the library shelves. He sat on the stoop of Zane Grey's cabin on Mrs. Winter's ranch and looked out over the "muggie-own" rim and promised the writer's ghost his book would join Grey's some day on the book rack.

Since English teachers never read westerns, he made up book reports like "Guns on the Brazos" by J.P. Jones. The story of a Texas Ranger who saves the town and the girl. Then he sold them for a dollar to other boys too lazy to read when teenagers were lucky to earn fifty cents an hour. In fact, book reports kept him and his buddy in gas money to go back and forth to high school.

After graduating from Arizona State University in 1960, he came to northwest Arkansas, ranched, auctioneered, announced rodeo, worked 32 years for Tyson Food in management, anchored TV news and struggled to get a book of his own sold. The three earlier books on the list were published without his knowledge and only discovered in 2011 as even existing.

In 1992, his first novel, Noble's Way was published. In 2003, his novel The Natural won the Oklahoma Writer's Federation Fiction Book of the Year Award. In 2004, The Abilene Trail won the same award. Dusty invests a lot of his time helping others who want to learn how to write by speaking at seminars and conferences all over the United States. There is no difference in writing any kind of fiction. In Dusty's words, "You simply change the sets, costumes and dialect."

He serves on the board of Ozark Creative Writers Conference held annually in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as well as on the boards of the Ozarks Writers League in Branson, Missouri, and the Oklahoma Writers Federation. He also serves on the board of his local electric co-op, and of the Springdale, Arkansas, PRCA rodeo. He is president of Western Writers of America. In 2004 he was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame.

Over one hundred books have been published under his own name and pseudonyms. That does not count his five dozen plus short stories and hundreds of articles and columns.

Dusty and his wife, Pat, reside next to Beaver Lake east of Springdale, Arkansas, that is whenever they aren't off at speaking engagements or writing conferences, announcing rodeos or chuckwagon racing, or researching for western novels. He and his wife have two wonderful daughters, Ann and Rhonda, two great sons-in-law, and four super grandkids.

If he can steal time to do it, Dusty likes to fish for trout on the White River in Arkansas.

Dusty's website: www.dustyrichards.com
Interview on Youtube: http://youtu.be/n1p4-B6fvjE?hd=1

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Banks on December 10, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Just finished The Horse Creek Incident by Dusty Richards. I believe this man can not only talk the talk, but I believe he can (and has) walked the walk! I believe this writer has blown on his hands to keep warm while putting out hay. I believe he has scraped green manure from under the heel of an honest-to-goodness working boot. I believe he is the real McCoy.

If you like a good western, I don't believe you could go far wrong here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Steel on February 5, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, by Dusty Richards, rides across the page at its own pace. There are no contrivances or flights of fancy in this western novel. Rather, this book is sturdy and rock solid, gaining momentum with each passing page. Guided by a western writer who knows his subject matter well, the story unfolds with the steady progression of its main character, who after having a good friend gunned down, wants the crime solved and the murderers brought to justice.

Herschel Baker lives on Horse Creek with neighbors who are eking out a living on small cattle ranches. Herschel attends the funeral of his best friend, Jack Diehl, another small rancher, and vows that nothing will stop him from seeking justice and solving his friend's murder. Going to the sheriff he asks that the killing be investigated. The sheriff, representing the interest of the big ranchers, threatens Herschel to mind his own business with, "You and that bunch of rustlers down there on Horse Creek can go to h... for all I care."

Herschel already knew what the response would be; the law was on the side of the large ranchers. But his sense of right and wrong demanded that he take the conventional approach. After the lawman threatened him, Herschel Baker decides to run for sheriff. Against countless odds, even though his life will most certainly be in danger, he plans his campaign against the larger ranchers who control the law in Yellowstone County.

Herschel Baker is well-liked and respected by the local citizens who are struggling to survive. A good woman and handsome widow, Marsha Allen, and her three children are Herschel's main source of solace. It is to her small ranch and home he goes for care when he is nearly killed.

Dusty Richards inexorably moves the story along.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dan Case on March 18, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was awarded the 2007 Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Original Paperback Western. Richards also won the 2007 award for best Western Short Fiction for Comanche Moon (Amazon shorts). An incredible feat, 2 spur awards in the same year! I don't think it's been done before.
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