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The Outlaws of Mesquite

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  900 ratings  ·  27 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, Large Print, 274 pages
Published 1990 by G.K. Hall
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Benjamin Thomas
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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Joshua Griffiths
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
"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

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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Tom Parrish
It's a book of Louis L'Amour short stories. It's exactly what you expect.
Mary Keroson
Read one read them all.
Dylan Cantrell
Dec 02, 2010 Dylan Cantrell is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nice little introduction into his writing. The short stories show off different styles very well.
Chris
Always good for a "good guy versus bad guy" kind of story & it always has a satisfying ending.
Charles
A short story collection. Pretty good but not outstanding.
Bob
L'Amour is no Shakespeare, but he's entertaining enough.
Phifer, Barbara
Mr. L'Amour's books fill my "cowboy" itches!
John
good story
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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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