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The Two-Shoot Gun

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Photographer Alexander Burdick drives his old mule-drawn army ambulance and a smooth-bore shotgun to the New Mexico Territory and into a range war.
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 30th 1989 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 1960)
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Jim
Oct 22, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2fiction, western, 1paper
I've rarely read a western that was so well done. This is an amazing story driven by very believable, imperfect characters set in a small, post Civil War, western town. There are no super heroes or villains, no showdowns between lightening fast gunmen or any of the clichés you'd expect in a western, but it is as perfect a western novel as you'll ever read. The people drive the plot in such a believable way that I never even managed to dislike the bad guys that much, nor was I ever all that thril ...more
Randy
May 15, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing
Alexander Burdick is a mild, calm man from the East. But he carries a double-barreled twelve gauge shotgun and knows how to use it. A photographer by trade, he drives his wagon into town to set up a business, picking up a young cowboy walking, toting a saddle, who gets off at the city limits.

Thinking it strange, he rides into town where he's suddenly confronted by a half dozen riders demanding to know his business. Burdick doesn't like anyone that demands and when the leader tells one of them to
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Kurt Reichenbaugh
Jul 10, 2012 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western
Excellent western by Donald Hamilton. Reading it, I was reminded of a movie I saw at the Drive-In back in my high school days called Massacre at Central High, in that victims and villains aren't always so clearly defined. Burdick rides in to town to set up shop as a photographer and finds a population in fear of the richest cattle rancher, Dan Justice and his band of riders.
Bruce Nordstrom
Jan 21, 2013 Bruce Nordstrom rated it it was amazing
This is one of the greatest westerns I've ever read. I would rank as one of the top ten all time great westerns, up with "Shane." But where "Shane" is retorical and sterotyped, Two-Shoot is realistic, and complex.

Several of the above reviews give a very good description of the plot of this book. Basically, a photographer from the East moves to Taos, New Mexico, in the pre-railroad old West. There is a range war going on between two local ranchers. He tries to stay out of the fight, but he finds
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Ed
Feb 24, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, action, western
The Man From Santa Clara (1960) (APA: The Two-Shoot Gun (1971)).

Western - Alex Burdick arrives in Santa Clara, NM from the East bringing with him a wagonload of photographic equipment and a Purdy shotgun. He is immediately involved with the grievances of everyone against the Justice family and their Flying V ranch.

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Donald Hamilton was a U.S. writer of novels, short stories, and non-fiction about the outdoors. His novels consist mostly of paperback originals, principally spy fiction but also crime fiction and Westerns such as The Big Country. He is best known for his long-running Matt Helm series (1960-1993), which chronicles the adventures of an undercover counter-agent/assassin working for a secret American ...more
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