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Gunman's Reckoning

Gunman's Reckoning by Max Brand
By: (1892-1944)

A typical early 20th century western. It's a tale of a tough guy who gets involved with an evil man with an angel daughter for whom the tough guy falls. His efforts to recover hers and her father's gold mine claims is the story. Not a lot of shoot em up but enough story to make one want to finish the book to see how things work out. (Introduction by Charles Montgomery)

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GUNMAN'S RECKONING

By

Max Brand

1921

GUNMAN'S RECKONING

1

The fifty empty freights danced and rolled and rattled on the rough road bed and filled Jericho Pass with thunder; the big engine was laboring and grunting at the grade, but five cars back the noise of the locomotive was lost. Yet there is a way to talk above the noise of a freight train just as there is a way to whistle into the teeth of a stiff wind. This freight car talk is pitched just above the ordinary tone it is an overtone of conversation, one might say and it is distinctly nasal. The brakie could talk above the racket, and so, of course, could Lefty Joe. They sat about in the center of the train, on the forward end of one of the cars. No matter how the train lurched and staggered over that fearful road bed, these two swayed in their places as easily and as safely as birds on swinging perches. The brakie had touched Lefty Joe for two dollars; he had secured fifty cents; and since the vigor of Lefty's oaths had convinced him that this was all the money the tramp had, the two now sat elbow to elbow and killed the distance with their talk... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 16, 2016
Subject: Gunman's Reckoning
Another good story with a twist, well narrated by Richard Kilmer


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