American writer and pioneer of Western as a new literary genre. Zane Grey produced over sixty books during his career. He presented the West as a moral battle ground, in which his characters are redeemed through a final confrontation with their past, or destroyed because of their inability to change. Start with, Riders of the Purple Sage.
Ivan Doig has turned his personal experiences into award-winning literary novels and personal histories of the West. Gun-play and cattle-herding take a back seat to people and places. A typical Doig Western follows a family as they attempt to settle, live, and prosper in an unforgiving environment. Start with: The Whistling Season.
Larry McMurtry is best known for de-romanticizing the American West. McMurtry evokes a distinct sense of place. . Leisurely-paced, long novels allow for the lyrical development of unforgettable, vivid characters, particularly the women. Start with: Lonesome Dove.
Louis L'Amour revived the Western genre. His action-packed stories of adventure and survival are loaded with strong heroes fighting for justice and making a way for civilization. Dangers arise from the natural hazards of a given place as well as the people in it. Cultural conflict is a pervasive theme, sometimes traced across generations of family experience. Start with: Hondo.
James Alexander Thom sets most of his Historical Fiction in the early American frontier period, often portraying encounters and resulting clashes between the Native American and European-American cultures. His characters are well-drawn and realistic, including good and bad Europeans; three-dimensional Native Americans; and strong, believable women. Start with: Follow the River.
All Devon Frost was looking for was peace and quiet. An artist, he came to the remote town of Tinaja to draw the local buildings. He didn't expect to get caught in a web of lies, accusations . . . and murder. The suitor of a ranch owner's daughter has been found dead, and everyone seems quick to put the blame on another suitor. But something doesn't seem right to Devon. He can't let an innocent man die...
Heading a theater troupe that journeys throughout the wild western frontier, Johnny Vermillion uses their performances as a clever cover-up for a bank robbery operation that is investigated by a suspicious Pinkerton man
In 1861, Rusty Shannon, whose family was killed by a Comanche war party twenty years earlier, rides out from the family homestead to join a company of Texas volunteers dedicated to protecting settlers against Indian raids.
Arriving in a small nineteenth-century western town where the sheriff has been killed and the residents are at the mercy of a renegade rancher, lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch face an adversary who works by playing psychological games.
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