Louis L'Amour is the only novelist in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He has published ninety novels; twenty-seven short-story collections; two works of nonfiction; a memoir, Education of a Wandering Man; and a volume of poetry, Smoke from This Altar. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print.
Tell Sackett tries his hand as a doughnut maker; a white woman makes friends with Cochise, the Apache chieftain; Finn Mahone foils an insidious plot to take control of the Lazy K Ranch. These and 31 other tales of courage in the Old West fill this volume of western morality tales by the multi-award-winning L'Amour. These are stories of hard men in worse places, youths winning their way to manhood, and women standing firm for what they believe. The novella Rustler Roundup would have made a fine Gene Autry movie. Pure reading pleasure for anyone who enjoys the triumph of good over evil and courage over cowardice. Recommended for all libraries carrying western fiction.-Ken St. Andre, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
The fourth volume of the late L'Amour's short stories takes the author out of his familiar American frontier setting and into desolate and dangerous locales around the world, from "a narrow fjord at the end of the earth" on the southern coast of Chile to a "lonely isolated spot in the Coral Sea." While the characters are not traditional L'Amour, as "men of quick wit and valor" they share similar characteristics and values; freighter captain Ponga Jim Mayo, who plies the treacherous waters of the Indian Ocean during World War II (and is featured in nine of these 45 stories), succinctly sums up their worldview: "I'll make my own rules and abide by the consequences." The stories reflect the author's own youthful wanderings-as seaman, soldier and professional boxer-and, having been mostly written for pulp adventure magazines, are predictably formulaic. L'Amour's first publication, "Death Westbound," a Depression-era hobo story, crackles with his trademark prose: "Sometimes the shacks were pretty good guys, but a railroad dick is always a louie." No L'Amour fan will want to miss this collection. Afterword by L'Amour's son, Beau L'Amour. (Nov. 7) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.