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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,493 ratings  ·  40 reviews
It was a name that caused the most hardened gunmen to break out in a cold sweat.Chick Bowdrie.He could have ridden the outlaw trail, but the Texas Rangers recruited him because they didn't want to have to fight against him.Pursuing the most wanted men in the Southwest he knew all too well the dusty trails, the bitter cattle feuds, the desperate killers and the quiet, weath ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 1st 1990 by Bantam (first published 1983)
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This was the slim lightweight volume I decided to take with me on my Grand Canyon backpacking trip as my usual means of reading till the Tylenol PM kicks in and I can get to sleep through the haze of pain. Sounds fun?

So anyway, I didn't have any kind of expectations for these stories, it was just a way to pass the time and it accomplished that beautifully. Still, they weren't all that great and followed a formula. This is no surprise, since this is a collection of stories that appeared in a pulp
Florida Cracker
The book Bowdrie by Louis L’Amour was written to satisfy the readers it was directed to. Overall, the book was a very good read for the people who are interested in Fiction books written about the frontier days. I have read many books written by Mr. L’Amour, and this is a very good book. It was written with great enthusiasm and the readers in mind. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether or not they have read a Louis L’Amour book or not, it is very well written and an overall good book. ...more
The book Bowdrie takes place in the western frontier during the 1800s. It is about a Texas Ranger named Chick Bowdrie and his adventures. Although it is a fictional story, this book has historical value. This relates to history by showing how towns were ran and society worked during that time. For example, many towns were corrupt politically or had many problems with criminal activity. Whether this is accurate or not this is based off of real situations as mentioned in the book. If only these bo ...more
This book is a collection of shorts, which was unexpected. A little bit of murder mystery combined with traditional western novel.

One of the gems to be found in L'Amour's books:

The ways of dishonest men were never as clever as they assumed, and the solving of a crime was usually just a painstaking job of establishing motives and putting together odds and ends of information. Criminals suffered from two very serious faults. They believed everybody else was stupid, and the criminal himself was a
Jan 28, 2014 Christy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christy by: Eric Willis
A string of short stories featuring Chick Bowdrie, a Texas Ranger with guts and common sense, unlike the numerous villains he chases down. This is not L’Amour’s best writing, however. A story might start off in a dusty cattle town, and soon there are more characters in the saloon than you can possibly keep track of. Then there are multiple fistfights and multiple shootings, and Bowdrie is finally left standing in a pile of bodies. Since Bowdrie is no hand with women, he leaves the town’s only pr ...more
Darnit. I was so enthusiastic about reading Louis L'Amour's body of work after reading his memoir "Education of a Wandering Man." I bought 3-4 on my next trip to the bookstore, and read this one first since it promised to be a quick read. After this first taste, I'm not eager for another bite.

Bowdrie is a Texas Ranger, and this is a book of short stories that all follow this formula: Bowdrie pursues an evil man (usually due to a murder); a young pretty girl will need to be superfluously rescued;
I'm not the biggest Louis L'Amour fan, but I read them from time to time. I do enjoy them for the most part. This one was just so different than what I was used to. Rather than 1 story split into chapters, it was smaller short stories all around a single character. Usually this is not that big of a deal, but what made it less believable was that there was no way to connect any of the stories and make sense of this man's life. Granted, he is a fictional character, based on some actual stories, i. ...more
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- A mystery or thriller
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I'm still not a fan of westerns it seems. Some of these stories were more entertaining than others, but ultimately, I just wasn't that interested. Maybe it's the writer. Maybe it's just these two characters that I've read so far. I don't know.
Feb 06, 2015 Kim rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Roger Burt
Recommended to Kim by: rocky j adkins public library
got today at library. I'm not really into his books. only got it for a resident where I work. this resident likes Louis l'amour books. February 6, took to work and gave to resident and he said he hadn't read this one. he likes to Louis l'amour books
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This is a collection of short stories, all involving the same character, a texas ranger named Chick Bowdrie. (Stupid first name for a guy lol). There are 8 short stories in this book. There is also a forward and 8 different historical notes scattered througout the book before all but the last story. The stories are small western mysteries. A murder, bank robbery, or cattle rustling, something that the texas ranger has to solve. The stories were originally published in "Popular Western" magazine ...more
L'Amour was THE master storyteller, whether it be novels or short stories. Started this while working on Christmas Day and finished up tonight. The stories are tight, concise and entertaining.
Brody Anderson
This is my first L'Amour book. I picked it and several other of his books up for free thinking what the heck. Like many others I didn't expect the different short stories in this one book. But it helps to add to the quick reading. Each story is about twenty pages. I couldn't wait to read the next short story and the next. This book has clued me into westerns, a new genre for me, and I look forward to my next book. I just wished that I was able to get the second collection of Bowdrie's adventures ...more
Becky Frost
I have tried on two separate occasions to read this book. I have read two of the short stories and I must say that they just seem to be missing some depth to them. I want to like this book because of other Louis Lamoure I have read. I am giving up and leaving a review that it was OK for the portions I read.
K. M. Updike
Dear Mr. L'Amour,
Why did you make Bowdrie so alone in this life?
He does have McNelly, and the Texas Rangers, and Rip Coker is a friend, I guess.
But why so alone?
Honest, hardened, caring. But alone.
Carol and Gary Curtis
A series of stories put together in a book. Enjoyable and a fun read.
I picked this up in remembrance of an uncle of mine. As a child I remember him reading these thin paperbacks with western themes.

Art De Vleeshower had some influence upon me.
Louis L'Amour writes Westerns that reflect the flavor of the old west. He has personally ridden his horse over every scene in his books. Although they are short, they all are a good read. I highly recommend all his books if you are at all interested in Westerns.
This is a collection of short stories written in L'Amour's usual western genre. The stories are also interspersed with short historical vignettes of some of the Texas Rangers. The book is quick, light, enjoyable reading.
This is a collection of short stories about post-Civil-War-era Texas ranger Chick Bowdrie. Nothing spectacular about these; usually I'm a ardent fan of L'Amour, but these stories were mostly not memorable.
Another set of quick action, fast moving short stories. I had read it before some years back, but I remembered none of it. That says something either for my memory or the stories, maybe both.
A collection of short stories all about the character "Bowdrie," who is a detective type in the old west. L'Amour did a good job here combining the western and mystery. I enjoyed these quite a lot.
One of 59 Louis L'Amour books I read when I traveled so much. The paper backs fit nicely in a suit side pocket and one can kill many airport hours without having to concentrate too much.
Nathan Langford
This was the very first L'Amour book I ever read, and along with L'Amour's book "Education of a Wandering Man", I was been turned me into a one of his occasional readers.
Peter Charleston
A fine collection of Louis L'Amour's short stories. His ability to tell stories of the western United States have always been his strongest assets. Enjoyed the historical notes.
Heidi Angell
Not as good, in my opinion, as the Sackett Series. Still enjoyed it enough to read it over and over and over. Reminds me of my youth watching Westerns with my dad!!
Chick Bowdrie is a Texas Ranger and the Western pulp noir stories in this book center around a few of his cases. L'Amour wrote most of them back in the 1940s.
Patrick Quigg
Great, of course!
M.L. Bushman
Love Louis L'Amour and Bowdrie's another fine example of a well-drawn character.
Jeff Minar
Very well done. Bowdrie's the kind of Western hero most men would like to be.
The books about Chick Bowdrie are the best westerns ever!
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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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