Library Column: New Large Print Westerns – The Vicksburg Post
This column was submitted by Evangeline Cessna, Local History Librarian at the Warren-Vicksburg County Public Library.
This week’s column features westerns from our New Large Print collection.
Jackson Lowry adds to the series “West of the Big River” with his opus “The Artist”. Many people may not know it, but world-renowned Western artist Charle M. “Charlie” Russell was a horse trainer on a Montana ranch during one of the worst winters in history. State. Freezing to death while driving for the brand is not Charlie’s only problem, however. There is a ruthless gang of thieves lurking in the area and relieving the local ranchers of their cattle, and the daughter of a gorgeous but mischievous rancher decides to make Charlie’s life even more difficult. This historical novel is as entertaining as any story told by the real Charlie Russell.
“Law of the Lone Star” is a collection of 12 short stories edited by Robert J. Randisi. Each is packed with action and adventure and celebrates the legendary Texas Rangers. From stories written by Western master Louis L’Amour to those of Rod Miller, Elmer Kelton and Randisi himself. These authors explore the proud heritage of the elite Texas Rangers and strive to keep the reader engaged. From historical tales of outlaws and thieves to modern-day serial killer stalking thrillers with the latest technology, this collection aims to deliver justice the Texan way.
Author Terrence McCauley adds to Ralph Compton’s “Gunfighter Series” with “Ride the Hammer Down”. Field Marshal John Beck has dedicated his career to bringing justice across the West, but now things are personal. As law in the dangerous town of Mother Lode, Arizona, he has managed to keep bandits, thieves and desperados at bay, but with the arrival of Bram Hogan and his Brickhouse Gang, Beck feels he is loses its advantage. These bad scoundrels got the gout on him. They beat Beck within an inch of his life and let him fall into the wilderness to live a slow and painful death. Hogan and his gang underestimated the lawyer, and now he’s coming back. Whoever stands against him will mount the hammer in his grave.
John Shirley adds to Ralph Compton’s “Sundown Riders” series with his latest “Prairie Fire, Kansas”. Cattle hand Seth Coe is fresh out of a successful track race and has plenty of cash after a winning streak at the poker table. His good fortune earned him a dangerous enemy, Hannibal Fisher. This notorious tinhorn player is not very happy to be taken to the cleaner. The innocent Coe begins the long journey back to Texas with big plans: his own ranch and a wife. A happy coincidence happens to him as he crosses the tiny Prairie Fire, Kansas, and he meets his childhood sweetheart, Josette Dubois. Unfortunately, Josette’s father monster will do anything to prevent their happiness, including killing Coe. Well … if Fisher doesn’t get to him first.
The novel “Return of the Wolf: A Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger” is Larry D. Sweazy’s latest. Josiah Wolfe decides to leave the Texas Rangers and return home. He gets into a family feud between the Langdons and the Halversons who fought for land as the townspeople fled after losing a railroad junction. Morris Langdon has been mad at Josiah and the Texas Rangers since they hanged his older brother. The Halverson family are still mad at Josiah for leaving with their young grandson. The two have vowed revenge on the former Texas Ranger. Just as the Rangers are called in to end the feud, the local sheriff is murdered and Josiah is charged with the murder. Will the Rangers help clear Josiah’s name or treat him like a cold-blooded killer?
William W. Johnstone and JA Johnstone have two new large print novels. First, there is “blood in the dust”. Hunter Buchanan and his coyote sidekick, Bobby Lee, forged new life in the Black Hills of South Dakota after the Civil War ended. Hunter loses his chance by losing his family’s ranch to a fire and his gold is taken by a thief. And he might even lose his fiancée – the saloon girl Annabelle – to a rich and dirty rival. Hunter isn’t ready to give up, however. He has a temporary sheriff badge, a long-term plan to rebuild his ranch, and his loyal coyote, Bobby Lee, by his side. Then things are really bad. Annabelle is kidnapped and a stage coach is robbed in the town of Tigerville. Sheriff Hunter Buchanan won’t rest until he gets his daughter and gold back, even if that means he’ll have to walk a long, dusty trail of bloody revenge.
The second of Johnstone’s installments is the third volume in the “Slash and Pecos” series titled “The Wicked Die Twice”. Few men get a second chance at life, but thanks to a U.S. Marshal in need of their help, bank robber duo Jimmy “Slash” Braddock and Melvin “Pecos Kid” Baker are on the safe side of the law for a change. As unofficial marshals, they agreed to pick up three prisoners from a Milestown jail and deliver them to Denver. Easy as pie… until they learn that the prisoners are a trio of sadistic killers known as Talon, “Hellraisin” Frank and the Sioux called Black Pot. When they manage to escape before Slash and Pecos appear, they turn the city into their own personal playground – drinking, killing, ravaging and burning. The cunning duo manage to end their terror, but now they must transport them to Denver. It’s easier said than done since the leader of the Hellraisers offered a thousand dollars to anyone who can kill Slash and Pecos.