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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (May 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553253212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553253214
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chantry came home to a murdered brother and a couple of squatters. Then the Mowatt gang moved in. They were looking for his brother's buried treasure. Chantry was going to lead them to it. Or else.

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Chantry came home to a murdered brother and a couple of squatters. Then the Mowatt gang moved in. They were looking for his brother's buried treasure. Chantry was going to lead them to it. Or else.

More About the Author

"I think of myself in the oral tradition--as a troubadour, a village tale-teller, the man in the shadows of a campfire. That's the way I'd like to be remembered--as a storyteller. A good storyteller."

It is doubtful that any author could be as at home in the world re-created in his novels as Louis Dearborn L'Amour. Not only could he physically fill the boots of the rugged characters he wrote about, but he literally "walked the land my characters walk." His personal experiences as well as his lifelong devotion to historical research combined to give Mr. L'Amour the unique knowledge and understanding of people, events, and the challenge of the American frontier that became the hallmarks of his popularity.

Of French-Irish descent, Mr. L'Amour could trace his own in North America back to the early 1600s and follow their steady progression westward, "always on the frontier." As a boy growing up in Jamestown, North Dakota, he absorbed all he could about his family's frontier heritage, including the story of his great-grandfather who was scalped by Sioux warriors.

Spurred by an eager curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons, Mr. L'Amour left home at the age of fifteen and enjoyed a wide variety of jobs, including seaman, lumberjack, elephant handler, skinner of dead cattle, and miner, and was an officer in the transportation corps during World War II. During his "yondering" days he also circled the world on a freighter, sailed a dhow on the Red Sea, was shipwrecked in the West Indies and stranded in the Mojave Desert. He won fifty-one of fifty-nine fights as a professional boxer and worked as a journalist and lecturer. He was a voracious reader and collector of rare books. His personal library contained 17,000 volumes.

Mr. L'Amour "wanted to write almost from the time I could talk." After developing a widespread following for his many frontiers and adventure stories written for fiction magazines, Mr. L'Amour published his first full length novel, Hondo, in the United States in 1953. Every one of his more than 120 books is in print; there are more than 300 million copies of his books in print worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors in modern literary history. His books have been translated into twenty languages, and more than forty-five of his novels and stories have been made into feature films and television movies.

The recipient of many great honor and awards, in 1983 Mr. L'Amour became the first novelist to ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in honor of his life's work. In 1984 he was also awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Reagan.

Louis L'Amour died on June 10, 1988. His wife, Kathy, and their two children, Beau and Angelique, carry the L'Amour publishing tradition forward with new books written by the author during his lifetime to be published by Bantam.

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What a life and penetrating mind to come up with such fantastic books time after time.
Louie Burks
I have tried other writers in this genre, and some of them are very good, there is no one that can spin a tale like Louis L'Amour.
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This book had a good flow, and there was a lot of mystery to it, to keep you interested until the end.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Ogren on February 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you, like me, love most of the books by Louis L'Amour, and you've never read Over On The Dry Side, do check it out. This is the story of a young fellow who grows up poor and lonely, and loses his mother at a young age. He and his hard-luck dad find a carefully built deserted cabin and they move in and start ranching. Trouble soon finds them, but so too does a mysterious stranger.

Up high in the surrounding dry hills there is another finely built cabin, built by the same long gone and mysterious man, a man who supposedly had stashed a big cache of gold before he was killed.

In the nearby hills there is a band of killers who want that gold. Over on the Dry Side is a mystery as much as it is a western. Clues are found and the reader along with the characters in the book ...all are trying to figure out where the stash is, and what it is, as it may be gold, but may not be either. The story is told almost always through the eyes of the young boy, who is about 16. Up in the hills in the other hidden and deserted cabin he finds a little pot of flowers and realizes that a female, a girl probably, left those flowers. He starts to daydream about this girl, pictures her as young and beautiful, as well she does turn out to be. She however, isn't exactly as he has envisioned her to be...she's beautiful but not like he has "seen" her in his mind. As the book evolves, the boy becomes very jealous of the stranger, the man who turns out to be the brother of the original man who had built the cabins. The story is compelling at all points, the pages turn and you have to keep on reading. Told through the eyes of the young boy, the story has a fresh feel to it, and the reader gets to really care about him and what will happen. In all respects, one of L'Amour's finest books; a real pleasure to read. Do yourself a favor and check out On The Dry Side. I predict, you'll love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill Peters on June 21, 2002
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Top notch writing. The setting for this book has a quality that draws me back to it over and over again much like Mountain Valley War or Guns of the Timberlands. Its about my all time favorite L'Amour book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Pace on December 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have noticed that Louis L'Amour books with certain characters often seem to stand out. It's as though he gave special attention to special characters. This book is no exception. One of the main characters is called Owen Chantry. He is somewhat mysterious, but the Chantry name is quite popular in L'Amour novels. This book was also unique as L'Amour gave us another character, Doby, a sixteen year old boy. Doby speaks in first person. We read his every thought and plan. We see how lonely he is living far from civilization. He dreamed about about a "golden haired girl." We even hear his poor english skills throughout the book. L'Amour is a master at capturing "country talk." Of course the book has the regular bad guys, killing and even treasure. But, this time it is quite different. Get this book and read it. It is short and easy to read, but interesting all the way through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederick J. Carruth on August 27, 2008
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Over on the Dry Side is vintage L'Amour. Set in the years after the Civil War, far out in western country that few European-Americans have ever seen, it is the story of Owen Chantry as he learns about the death of his brother Clive. Clive seems to have brought some sort of treasure up from the southwest, which was still a part of Mexico at the time. The bad guys killed Clive, and still seek the treasure, but in vain. The story is told partly through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Doby, who is alternately admiring and jealous of Chantry. As usual, L'Amour's ear for dialect is a joy, although the shifting of narration between that of Doby and a God's eye view of Chantry's activities may be a bit jarring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kent Price on September 15, 2014
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I am grateful that another early Louis L'Amour story has been "found" from his notes, and I enjoyed reading it. However, the point of view jumps around between characters, and sometimes the dialog is hard to follow (who is talking?). A bit ragged, but a good story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is a great one, the story does not take the turns that you'd expect. Like all Louis L'Amour books, it's exciting and very well written. My favorite will always be "To the Far Blue Mountains" It's his best. Jenny J.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By synarep on March 12, 2014
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Early Louie and late Louie (written from his so called notes by another) are not up to his normal standards............
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warren C. Christensen on August 19, 2008
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Yet another "new" Louis L'Amour novel that I only found out about thanks to Amazon.com.
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