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Heller with a Gun: A Novel Paperback – June 1, 1998
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A strength of the story is seeing a seasoned man of the west--King Mabry--saddled with a group of five city-folk from back East. Mabry originally wanted nothing to do with them, meeting them at the Hat Creek Station as he was moseying south and they northwest. But their naivete, Tom Healy's plucking a gold coin from a full pouch in full view of wide-eyed, greedy dry-gulchers, for example, troubled his conscience, knowing they would be easy prey for the hard-bitten men bred by a hard land to hard ways (to paraphrase my copy's cover blurb, pulled from the closing line of Chapter One). And not only Mabry's conscience was stirred--he had an eye for Janice Ryan, one of the singers in the troupe. That coupled with his learning that Andy Barker--a fugitive killer from the Plummer Gang--was hired to lead the two wagons over the wintry expanse, motivates Mabry to follow along and watch for trouble, which invariably arises.
The troupe of tenderfoot thespians is led by Healy, who is also in love with Janice. Doc Guilford is a "charming old windbag," writes L'Amour. A 17-year-old ingenue, Dodie, and an older woman, Maggie, who is stricken with pnuemonia, round out the cast.Read more ›
The movie version has few changes in the story. Fortunately, the changes are not enough to ruin the story. I liked the movies and the book that the story
I have read it many years ago and I bought again this book recently !
If you like Hondo as well as Last Stand at Papago Wells,then this book is a must to read and to have!
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Realistic. Grew up in Oklahoma. My great uncles, aunts, and grandmother used to tell good stories. Participated in the land rush.Published 9 months ago by Karry M. Parsons
I love Louis L'Amour novels and have ready more than half of his books. This is another great one. If you like his westerns then read this one, too.Published on June 25, 2014 by R. Frank
I purchased this as a gift for my grandson. He was very happy with it and that makes me happy. Merry Christmas!Published on December 20, 2013 by Jane Myers
Love Louis' stories! es! My plan is to read all the stories in order of the year printed. It may take a while but I don't mind.Published on December 6, 2013 by Poiguychs