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Western legend Grey (Lorna Doone, Riders of the Purple Sage) wrote this novel in 1913, but it was rejected by his early publishers, who believed it contained too much gunplay and not enough sentimentality. Buck Duane is the son of an infamous gunfighter. Although Buck is warned by his family to avoid the outlaw trail, his quick temper, steady nerve and lightning-quick hand promptly get him into trouble. After killing a bully, Buck flees the law and heads off into the harsh badlands of southwest Texas, where outlaw gangs roam the Mexican border. Buck falls in with a bad crowd, but an exaggerated reputation and a couple of nifty shootings keep him alive among the ornery rustlers and robbers. He grows into a steely-eyed gunfighter with a conscience and a saddlebag full of regrets. Despite the notches multiplying on his gun, however, Buck is a decent fellow. He rescues a young girl, Jennie Lee, from the abusive clutches of the Bland gang, only to see her abducted again. In despair, Buck hides out for several more years, dodging the law and the bushwhackers, all the while searching for Jennie Lee. When the Texas Rangers finally catch up with Buck, it's not to kill him but to make him an offer he can't refuse. This may have been too bloody a story for 1913, but it follows formula in the end, as the outlaw settles down, albeit with a haunted mind, to a life of humble domesticity.

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Pearl Zane Grey (1872 – 1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his bestselling book. In addition to the success of his printed works, they later had second lives and continuing influence when adapted as films and television productions. As of 2012, 112 films, two television episodes, and a television series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, had been made that were based loosely on his novels and short stories.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonEncore; Reprint edition (September 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477839518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477839515
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brandt Leeuwenburg on November 1, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read many Louis L'Amour westerns and although I love his books I have to say this book by Gray is better than anything I have read by L'Amour.

Buck Duane is an interesting character with a lot of depth and showed considerable development throughout the novel, unlike most westerns with generic characters who show little development. Duane is a dark, brooding and character who struggles with violent impulses - the emotional and mental battle portayed in Duane's head were very believable and not a litle disturbing.

The plot itself was interesting and had plenty of action. Highly reccommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on September 2, 2008
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Zane Grey, a prolific writer who actually spent years in the American West in the early 1900's, drew upon stories from the lips of men who knew Billy the Kid and other famous westerners. Owen Wister did too, but produced only one significant book of the early west, The Virginian. As a contrast, Z. Grey's love of the outdoors and his talent in writing meaningful action created a huge outpouring of books. Most are Western Gothics, powerful stories as vibrant with details of real life on the western frontiers as they are full of psychological depth. If you have a taste for romance and action, he merits a look-see. However, please note, he did not write Lorna Doone, set on England's northern border. Also, stolid John Ridd, Lorna's champion, is a different sort from the deadly gunfighters that Grey describes so well. However, like Lorna Doone, some of his heroines are brutalized by relatives and their evil hangers-on until being freed by a courageous outsider.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1998
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I really enjoyed the story of Buckley Duane, and of how his unmerited misfortune turned to his favor. Mr. Grey did a fantastic job making his main character come alive to the reader. I intend to read more books by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Wheeler on February 18, 2012
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The premise for this novel,the fact the desire to live by the gun and the blood lust to kill comes from the blood line of his father who was the same kind of man, says much about the period of time Zane Grey was born and lived in. Charles Darwin had a great effect on Zane Grey and much of the educational field during the latter half of the 19th century and early 20th with his theories of natural selection and evolution. Today, we know Darwin was correct in some ideas and grossly wrong in others, but Zane Grey used these ideas and theories to his advantage in creating some of the best and worst characters in publishing history. Buck Duane is one of them. And as in what I call the companion novel with this one, Rangers of the Lone Star, this one is not one of Zane Grey's best, but it does make for an interesting read of how a man develops and either grows or regresses in his interaction with nature and society. Buck Duane undergoes tremendous such changes in this book, and for that alone this book is worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Reece on March 5, 2009
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I have read nearly everything Zane Grey ever wrote but this was a new one for me - Great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John O. Mccall on December 31, 2009
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This was a great book. I read a minimum of (1) western novel per month and have done so for years. I have read works from most of the well known writers. I have saved Zane Grey for last. Boy what I have missed. This book is fast paced and the character is so interesting that the pages just fly by. Don't miss this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Texgal on July 2, 2014
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I am glad to finally read the book as it was written. When I read "Long Star Ranger" I always felt that something was wrong or missing. Jenny was forgotten and the new romantic interest just didn't seem like someone Buck would fall in love with. I really enjoyed this original version.
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Format: Hardcover
The premise for this novel,the fact the desire to live by the gun and the blood lust to kill comes from the blood line of his father who was the same kind of man, says much about the period of time Zane Grey was born and lived in. Charles Darwin had a great effect on Zane Grey and much of the educational field during the latter half of the 19th century and early 20th with his theories of natural selection and evolution. Today, we know Darwin was correct in some ideas and grossly wrong in others, but Zane Grey used these ideas and theories to his advantage in creating some of the best and worst characters in publishing history. Buck Duane is one of them. And as in what I call the companion novel with this one, Rangers of the Lone Star, this one is not one of Zane Grey's best, but it does make for an interesting read of how a man develops and either grows or regresses in his interaction with nature and society. Buck Duane undergoes tremendous such changes in this book, and for that alone this book is worth reading.
When first published in hardback by Five Star Western in the late 1990's it was the first of the "restorations" to be completed. Many have followed and I encourage anyone to seek them out for they give a more accurate interpretation as to what Zane Grey was trying to say in his books.
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