The Outlaws of Mesquite
Meet the frontier bad men—like Leo Carver—a man so hated that everyone in the town of Canyon Gap planned to turn up for his hanging. Then meet those who dared to challenge them—like Marshal Lou Morgan, who tried to save his citizens from a goldmine swindler, only to learn that his own code of honesty made him the biggest sucker in town. There's champion rodeo rider Marty M...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Bantam
(first published January 1st 1990)
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You're in an outlaws town, saving a damsel in distress. Now you're intertwined in a romantic love story. Next you're looking through the eyes of Marty Mahan, and experience horse breaker about to break the infamous ghost maker. All of a sudden you're thrusted into the middle of a winter blizzard during a Cattle drive to Texas. Now you're looking through the eyes of Clanahan, a thief turned good to stop a potential kidnapping. Finally you settled down with a story of the controversial hanging of...more
Jul 06, 2012 An Odd1 rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
"Outlaws of Mesquite" by Louis L'Amour is 8 short stories each with an dynamic climax action illustration by Bob Larkin, and introductory 'notes', adapted from Bantam Audio dramatizations (on cassette tapes) relevant to western lifestyle, not always the particular story. Having read before does not decrease the pleasure of revisiting old friend repeating successes, in times and places strange and appealing, wild and beautiful, fast involved physical action unlike this centuries sedentary observa...more
My dad loves all his books and I read over a hundred while staving off the night terrors when growing up.
It is a strange fact about the old west, Indians, and the genocidal take over of the land now called the United States that fiction writing about them is often taken for truth (see Ward Churchill's Fantasies of the Master Race). The back of almost every L'amour novel lauds his knowledge of "how it really was" and the fact that he could've been one of the tough, honorable, lonely fighting men...more
I have just started on reading this novel, and already I can tell it is a very interesting book. Louis Lamour has a great way of making his books a hit just from the very first pages. So far, Milt Cogar finds himself in a town owned and ran by one man, Dan Spencer. Spencer is trouble, but he does not intimidate Cogar. Milt meets Ms. Jennie Lewis, who is stuck in the town under Dan Spencers authority. Cogar promises that he will get her out of that town, and to somewhere safe and away from Spence...more
This is a collection of short stories by one of America's most proliific and widely read authors ever. I picked this up while browsing in a bookshop because I wanted to read something by L'Amour that would give me a good idea of his style and talent. I was not disappointed.
Louis L'Amour was an American author. L'Amour's books, primarily Western fiction, remain enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death all 101 of his works were in print (86 novels, 14 short-story collections and one full-length work of nonfiction) and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".More about Louis L'Amour...