A violent, fast-moving, western classic, back in print for the first time in 70 years
“A saga of swift, violent action, clear, raw courage, and a tribute to the pioneer emigrants who opened up the great American west,” Vermont Caledonian-Record
A gunman fleeing his past in a whisky-gorged, lawless Missouri town joins a wagon train in a brutal journey across the plains and over the perilous Rockies, to a dusty, dying speck of desert hell in Utah, where he faces a vicious, bullwhip-wielding enemy.
Originally published in 1949 as Conestoga Cowboy, it was the first, break-through novel by Roaldus “Roe” Richmond (1910-1986). His many other westerns include The Wild Breed, Montana Bad Man, Death Rides the Dondrino, Crusade on the Chisholm, Mojave Gun, Lash of Idaho, the Lashtrow series and a novelisation of the Henry Fonda TV series The Deputy. During the Depression, Richmond traveled across Vermont for the Works Progress Administration, interviewing over a hundred miners about their lives and struggles, articles that were later collected in the 2004 book Men Against Granite.
An epic, never-before-published western in the grand tradition of True Grit and Lonesome Dove
“The best western I’ve read in a long, long time. Though a first novel, Daniels writes with the sure hand of an old-pro. His voice is authentic and riveting, and he’s created a character in sixteen-year-old Jane to ride the river with. I can’t recommend this one more highly!” Peter Brandvold, author of over 70 westerns, including 15 Sheriff Ben Stillman novels.
Out of nowhere Comanches attack—and sixteen year-old Jane narrowly survives the slaughter of her family and the kidnapping of her baby sister. Driven by grief and fury, she rides headlong into Indian territory, seeking vengeance. But the odds are stacked against a young girl on the trail, and Jane soon realizes she must disguise herself as a boy to join forces with a tough company of cowhands on a cattle drive to Dodge City. The harrowing trek pits her against tough drovers, raging rivers, ruthless soldiers, and ends in a bloody reckoning that forces Jane to discover her surprising capacity for love, survival—and revenge.
“Daniels has crafted a mercilessly taut, masterfully paced, heart-pounding western that conjures such classics as Death Rides a Horse and True Grit.” -Jonathan Evison, New York Times Bestselling author of West of Here.
“This authentic-feeling, exciting Western has elements of True Gritmixed with Red River and The Searchers, but it succeeds on its own terms. Like the spirited horses, its heroine prefers, it’s quite a ride.” David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood
“The Comanche Kid is playwright/actor James Robert Daniels’ first novel, but you’d never know that by reading this magnificent, bigger-than-life tale. Making use of traditional Western elements—the vengeance quest, the coming-of-age story, the trail drive yarn, the epic clash of cavalry and Indians—Daniels’ evocative prose lifts the odyssey of sixteen-year-old Jane into something special as she searches for her younger sister, who is kidnapped in the same Comanche raid that wipes out the rest of Jane’s family. With echoes of True Grit, The Cowboy and the Cossack, and Lonesome Dove, this is a big, thrilling, tragic, and ultimately uplifting portrait of the American West.” James Reasoner, author of more than 350 westerns, many under a variety of pseudonyms, including 41 Longarm novels and 20 books in the Trailsman series.
“What a thundering ride! I started this crackerjack novel over my morning coffee and finished it with my evening bourbon sundowner. In between I lived through Indian attacks, trail drive stampedes and white-knuckled my worry for a sixteen-year-old girl as she searches for her little sister kidnapped by a Comanche war chief. James Roberts Daniels has penned a superbly crafted Western novel as breathtakingly authentic and exciting as any I have ever read.” –Joseph A. West, New York Times best-selling author of 20 Ralph Compton westerns and six Gunsmoke novels among many others.
“James Robert Daniels’ debut novel, The Comanche Kid, is a boisterous romp through the wild and woolly Old West as desperate, determined young Jane pounds the vengeance trail in high-dudgeon. Echoing True Grit and The Searchers, with a shot of Huckleberry Finn on top, readers will ride hard and fast as they taste the trail grit in their teeth and hear the crack of gunfire in this fresh take on familiar frontier themes.” Matthew P. Mayo, Spur and Wrangler Award-winning author
“An entertaining novel about an attempt to stir a revolt in the troubled west during the Indian Wars. It brings history to life.” San Francisco Examiner
In the aftermath of the Civil War on a Missouri riverboat, a group of bitter, fanatical southern rebels and renegades, plan an insidious scheme against the Yankees who defeated them — joining with the Sioux and other warring, Indian tribes in a devastating strike against the North. As part of their plot, they snatch Branch McCabe, a southerner who gave up his birthright to fight for the north, to pilot their riverboat, once sunk in battle and raised from the depths for a new fight, northward against the roiling currents of the Missouri into Indian country. Now McCabe must risk his life again, and thwart a boatload of killers, to save the country he loves, and a woman who no longer loves him, from violent, bloody doom.
“One of the toughest range wars in western fiction, told with Tom West’s inimitable dry humor and versatility in the cowpoke vernacular. The reader is assured of several hours of complete relaxation — if he can find it in murder, massacres and shootings.” Chicago Tribune
Crawler Connor raised his son Bill to become the fastest gunslinger in west for one purpose — vengeance. Now the time has come and Bill rides straight into a bloody range war to face his violent, bloody destiny.
“Prolific author Tom West follows the usual pattern of the better gunfighting and hard-riding novels. A range war, assorted bandits, and a mystery make this a good yarn.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“A western with plenty of shooting, action and suspense.” Galveston Daily News
“Tom West has provided western fans with gunplay, thrills and romance in this book.” The Lincoln Star
Jim Randall sets out to solve his father’s brutal murder..but he’s a lone cowboy on the coldest of trails…and facing off against an entire town
Randall knows that his father, the town banker, didn’t kill himself, even if everybody in Briscoe says otherwise. There’s a killer out there, and there are plenty of likely suspects, including the bank’s greedy vice president and the slick-talking foreman of the Star Ranch. Whoever it is doesn’t want Jim discovering the truth and has hired a gunman to put him in a grave…right beside his father.
A timeless, action-packed saga of tenacity, survival and retribution against impossible odds…back in print for the first time in over 70 years.
It’s 1936. Noel Irving, ex-chief of the Secret Squad of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, witnesses a brutal killing that sends him on an epic, harrowing quest deep into the Canadian wilderness, and to the furthest edges of the continent and humanity, in his relentless pursuit of bloody, final justice.
“A dramatic story crammed full of hard-hitting action.” The Paducah Sun
William Byron Mowery (1899-1957) wrote over 450 short stories and serialized novels and was often referred to as the “Zane Grey of the Canadian Northwest.” He was also a renowned creative writing instructor who taught at various universities. One of his most famous students was internationally bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark, who credited him with “setting my feet firmly on the path that I had been seeking all my life.”
This novel was originally published as The Black Automatic.
A bold, western epic, back in print for the first time in 70 years. “A roaring, shooting western, soaked with atmosphere, convincing in setting, character and plot,” Kansas City Star
Jeff Lantry was a man who lived on his luck…mostly on riverboat casinos… and his luckiest day was when he was penniless and stumbles on a lynched bank robber’s hidden loot. He rides into Durango with money in his pockets, which he uses to become a successful cattleman. But he never loses the sense of guilt that his life is built not just on luck… but on a lie. The six-gun he wears is strictly for show, until Jess Jallison gives him thirty days to sell out… and get out. But even though he isn’t a gunman, Lantry won’t back down or run, not with his reputation and fortune at stake, or his demons to battle.
“Discerning readers have learned any story by Elston is a good story, well told. His latest is far from being a mere western thriller. The background seems real and the characters live. It is fast, exciting reading. One learns much of the way the West was won and what kind of men won it.” Los Angeles Times
“Extremely good, the full scale of bandits, pioneers and cattle in this western.” Brattleboro Reformer
“Readers can always expect something extra from Elston. His westerns are a bit more stylized and this one is no exception. An action-packed finish that is satisfying and completely in the Elston manner” Long Beach Press Telegram
“First-class writing, a top-notch range yard.” Chicago Tribune
A rip-roaring, action-packed, western classic, back in print for the first time in over 70 years. “A splendid historical novel of the old Santa Fe trail and the coming of the railroad.” Los Angeles DailyNews
Ex-buffalo hunter and former lawman Kirk Calloway is searching for a woman he briefly met on the trail in Kansas…a romantic quest that takes him into a violent corner of New Mexico, where the railroad has brought in rustlers, bushwhackers, spoilers, cowpunchers and cattlemen all hoping to find their fortune amidst by the sweat, tears and bloodshed of the savage, crimson mesas. And it’s where Alfredo Baca, the fearless young aristocrat and cattleman, wears the lawman’s badge and thrives perilously on the risk and danger…and will either become Calloway’s friend or deadly enemy.
“A less skillful writer would lose readers by the number of interesting characters in this epic, but Elston makes you feel that you know every one of them. An ‘A’ western.” Los Angeles Daily News
A western classic, back in print for the first time in over 70 years, “a story so expertly told that the reader’s interest is gripped and held to the last page.” The New York Times
Trapper and ex-con Jim Hayden spends days stalking the Indian who has been robbing his fur traps…and is shocked to discover it’s actually a desperate, white woman, a one-time captive of the Dinneh indians, fleeing for her life. Now the two of them are on the run together in the frozen north, chased by vengeance-mad Indians and facing a howling blizzard.
“A story which lover of adventure and danger will welcome…exciting from beginning to end.” The Shreveport Journal
“A stirring tale of peril and adventure…a well-constructed plot against the background of the bleak and bitter beauty of the Northland.” Burlington Daily News
“Mowery writes a vigorous story with exciting, and often unexpected, developments.”El Paso Times
“A thrilling saga of old Montana and a range-land whodunit. Stellar entertainment.” Los Angeles Daily News
Ex-Marshal Joe Raiford wants to settle down to a quiet life…and is scouting for the right spot for his ranch…when a wounded man, running from two gunmen, staggers into his camp and embroils him in a conspiracy involving cattle rustlers, a crooked lawyer, blood-thirsty killers, and a string of murders that could spark a range war.
“The story gets more urgent by the page, with plenty of lead poisoning and a shooting climax.” The Daily Oklahoman
“The plot is high above average for horse operas. The book moves like a hurricane.” The Long Beach Press-Telegram