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The Outlaws of Mesquite

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,086 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
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, 240 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Bantam (first published 1990)
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Benjamin Thomas
Nov 13, 2014 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
My continuing effort to read every book ever published by Louis L'Amour is making progress as my database tells me this is the 77th of his books that I've completed.

Eight classic western short stories are included in this volume, all having protagonists who are not the typical tall, broad-shouldered, narrow-hipped, square-jawed western hero. Rather these men are "bad" men but who have heroic tendancies regardless. Some have been mistaken for bad hombres while others are genuine outlaws who do a
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Kyle
Feb 28, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After I started listening to audio books on my drive to work, I started listening to westerns. If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be reading westerns, I would have laughed. Not the case any more. They are a treat and joy to read. Good guy (white hat), bad guy (black hat), and for good measure, a pretty lady in the middle. Then, there is the story......

Westerns are all about life, real life. And this book fits the bill to the tee. Within this book are eight short stories. They cover the
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Joshua Griffiths
Feb 01, 2012 Joshua Griffiths rated it it was ok
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
An Odd1
Jul 06, 2012 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, action, mystery
"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
Ryan Mishap
Mar 08, 2009 Ryan Mishap rated it did not like it
Shelves: when-i-was-a-lad

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
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Ed
Jul 26, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
Short story collection - Posthumous collection of 8 western short stories.

Eight L'Amour classics fill this volume, which is, amazingly, the late author's first hardcover short fiction collection. These terrific tales of the Old West are each introduced with black-and-white sketches as well as prefatory notes on cowboy customs, which were prepared originally by L'Amour for the audiotaping of the stories.
Shane Lutz
May 04, 2015 Shane Lutz rated it it was amazing
Yet again another good Louis L'Amour book. I liked the fact that it was a bunch of short stories in one book. I really liked The Ghost Maker because it was about rodeo and a horse that no body could ride.
Tom Parrish
Dec 22, 2014 Tom Parrish rated it really liked it
Shelves: us
It's a book of Louis L'Amour short stories. It's exactly what you expect.
Mary Keroson
Dec 11, 2014 Mary Keroson rated it liked it
Read one read them all.
Dylan Cantrell
Dec 02, 2010 Dylan Cantrell is currently reading it
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
Erroll Treslan
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.
M.L. Bushman
Apr 19, 2009 M.L. Bushman rated it it was amazing
Ah, the cowboy. Louis L'Amour captures the essence of these white knights of the old West like no one else. This collection of short stories kept me entertained from page one. Not a disappointing story in the lot either.
Zachary
Jun 19, 2009 Zachary rated it really liked it
I didn't understand what was going on when I started chapter two and then realized it's a collection of short stories. I really liked all of the stories and enjoyed my first western. Louis L'Amour is an excellent story teller.
Steph
Jan 01, 2011 Steph rated it it was amazing
First title by Louis L'Amour - a collection of short stories. Absolutely loved them, looking forwards to reading the rest of his works.
Mike Farris
May 19, 2013 Mike Farris rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short stories that I really enjoyed. I've read three Louis L'amour books at this point and I've liked them all.
Karen
Oct 20, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
It's Louis L'Amour, what more could you want?! Great book of short stories with an interesting author's note before each story.
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 23, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
A nice collection of western short stories by Louis L'Amour. The central character in most are what would be a bad man.
Martin Toavs
Jul 07, 2013 Martin Toavs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this a long time ago, can't remember when. Another great read from my favorite storyteller author.
Ken
Apr 14, 2009 Ken marked it as to-read
I am not a big western fan. My Dad was. He passed away last year and I left a copy of the book in his casket
Valerie
Oct 13, 2013 Valerie rated it liked it
Nice little introduction into his writing. The short stories show off different styles very well.
Chris
Dec 16, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: western
Always good for a "good guy versus bad guy" kind of story & it always has a satisfying ending.
Charles
Dec 22, 2008 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: westerns
A short story collection. Pretty good but not outstanding.
Bob
May 08, 2009 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'Amour is no Shakespeare, but he's entertaining enough.
Phifer, Barbara
May 25, 2009 Phifer, Barbara rated it it was amazing
Mr. L'Amour's books fill my "cowboy" itches!
David Reynolds
Apr 23, 2013 David Reynolds rated it really liked it
Again the short stories
John
Mar 26, 2014 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
good story
Partridge Public
Nov 19, 2007 Partridge Public added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: L'Am West
Shelves: western
L'Amour, Louis
PWRL
Feb 08, 2012 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-new
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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".
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