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4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,440 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
He left the West at the age of seventeen, leaving behind a rootless past and a bloody trail of violence. In the East he became one of the wealthiest financiers in America--and one of the most feared and hated.
Now, suffering from incurable cancer, he has come back to New Mexico to die alone. But when an all-out range war erupts, Flint chooses to help Nancy Kerrigan, a loca
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published November 3rd 1997 by Perfection Learning (first published November 1960)
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As a child I used to love gathering around the TV with my family watching such classic westerns as Gunsmoke, The Virginian, and Bonanza (so totally smitten was I with Little Joe (aka Michael Landon)). All of these were considered atypical westerns for their time, as the core of the storylines dealt less about the range but more about family, how they cared for one another, their neighbors, and just causes.

As much as I loved the TV shows, I'd never actually 'read' a western. Several of my friend
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Most of these Louis L'Amour westerns are like Pringles in print. Salty, crunchy, and virtually identical. But they're fun to eat, and once in awhile you get a hankerin'...
My favorite L'Amour book ever. I think I've read it 4 times. When I was a kid it appealed to my sense of adventure, the smart woman, the mysterious man who is wise and silent. Now I enjoy it because it showcases the many different types of people in the world all around us. And yes because of the awesomness of the man called Flint.
Daren Doucet
Jun 22, 2014 Daren Doucet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A life threatening illness makes Mr. Kettleman leave his wife and business affairs to head back out west. He is looking for a place to die, but soon finds out that he is soon to be hauled into a new conflict.

A conflict in which he is not sure he maybe able to finish.

A great book, great writings and musings about what this man called "Flint" all stands for. A true western that is hard to put down.
Mar 13, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whatever happened to The Western? Superceded by modern crime writing, no doubt.
This was a real return to form from the last novel I tried by Louis L'Amour (The Haunted Mesa), which I think he must have written in his dotage. This was a traditional, classic Western, and I enjoyed the portrayal of the scenery, the lava strewn mesas, the endless blue skies, the scent of the sage as your horse keeps you company in the painted desert, combining with the real men, the real Western girls who you admir
Benjamin Thomas
Mar 24, 2015 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
If you are the type of reader to pay attention to lists, you will often find this book listed among the top 25 all-time best Western novels.

James T. Kettleman is a financier of railroads in the late 1800’s with a fortune to rival those of the Vanderbilts. But he started life in the West, learning and growing at the knee of his mentor, a man named Flint. Kettleman left the West at the age of seventeen after the death of his mentor in a shootout in which young Kettleman also made a lasting impres
Kate Matson
James T. Kettleman has been diagnosed with fatal cancer. He has been unhappily married to a terrible, deceiving wife, Lottie. He soon embarks on an adventure with death, adventure and searching.
This is the first Louis L'Amore book I've ever read. L'amores writing is definitely unique-in a good way. His descriptions were vivid and I could imagine anything.
The plot was something that I had never experienced before. It was an entirely new concept. It was very intriguing, th
Jeffreyreadsbooks Krachun
I had a roommate in law school who read Louis L'Amour books. Apparently, my uncle Skip read them too. This guy has written HUNDREDS of books, all about cowboys.

This was my first. It is about a man with no family who was taken in by a lone gunman when he was a boy and watched that same man gunned down ten years later. He became a great gunman and prizefighter, went east and became as wealthy as Rockefeller, married a woman who tried to have him killed, and was diagnosed with cancer. Now, he retur
May 01, 2013 Karina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was alright. My problem with this author is my head screams for more development. I leave his books frustrated because of his lack of finesse. Good stories that could be so much more with a bit more work. It's like only the facts maam, and some are just stated like truths that don't feel true. Just because It's stated doesn't make it so. A flag waves in my head, but there is no convincing evidence why things are the way the author said they are. But I guess to crank them out as many as there ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, western
Kettleman was an unnamed orphan plucked from a western street by the enigmatic gunman, Flint. Flint supported him through boarding school and then left $100 and a message that he could be found in Abilene if wanted. After Flint was killed, the orphan took the name Kettleman and went East to make his fortune in finance. When diagnosed with cancer and to escape a murderous wife and father-in-law, he returned to the West, to a hideout he knew from his days with Flint. Taking the name Jim Flint to a ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Foxfire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Louis L'Amour, but I had to give up on this because I'm getting fed up with how his female characters are either saints or devils.

Lottie, Flint's wife is a portrayed as evil, cold, conniving, scheming. Nancy, Flint's new love interest is depicted as dignified and pure and honest and good.

Flint - in his life as Kettelman, the investor, is cold and ruthless. He engages in stock manipulation and insider dealing which may have caused untold grief for widows and children whose pen
Mrs. G's Reading Literature
Flint is a historical fiction book by Louis Lamour. It is about a man who goes west to die because a doctor told him he has cancer, and his wife tried to cheat him and have him killed. The man's name is James T. Kettlemen, also known as Jim Flint.
Flint is very good with a gun. He uses it to protect a girl named Nancy Kerrigan, a rancher, from a man trying to steal the ranch and sell it for a large profit.
One thing I like about this book is that it is filled with action and excitement. There
Oct 09, 2010 Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I promised my husband that I would let him choose my next book, and of course, he chose a Louis L'Amour. I'm glad he did. I had a blast reading it. I loved Flint. I think it's my favorite L'Amour book so far. He's amazingly tough and also smart (handsome too!) I liked many of the characters and loved all the sub-plots, flashbacks, etc. It's a very engaging reading from the first page on. In fact, I stayed up late and woke up early so that I could finish it in a day or two.
Oct 10, 2009 Brandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brandy by: Battle of the Books
I'm glad I read a Louis L'Amour. I'm not a Western fan, but L'Amour is the guru of Western writing. I really liked Flint, the main character. He grew, changed, yet remained the same hard western man. I did not like how L'Amour shifts from one character or place to another. He switches without any transition or movement. Suddenly you are somewhere else. I also really liked the gun fights; Flint is one tough dude. He just shoots and he's not afraid of anything, including dying.
Sherene Levert
Jan 15, 2013 Sherene Levert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was around eleven years old and bored. All my Dad had were history books and westerns so I randomly picked out this one. I have to say that this book started my true love of reading. The scenery was amazing. The writing took my young imagination to places that before reading this book I didn't know was possible. For that alone this book gets 5 stars. This book is a true western but you don't have to be a fan of western novels to enjoy it
May 01, 2009 Cora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely a delightful story that provides great escape with just enough intrigue to make the pages turn. The underlying concept in this story is the question of what the character will do with six months to live.

I couldn't put this one down until it was finished. I love the western genre because it makes such great use of archetypes and chivalry. This is an excellent example of L'Amour's storytelling ability.
John Bruni
Jun 26, 2015 John Bruni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another solid read from Louis L'Amour. I've found very few of his western novels to be unlikable. This one's pretty interesting, considering the protagonist. Flint, a man with many names, none of them truly his own, is a man dying of cancer. All he wants to do is die alone in a place no one will find him, and that's because he wants to screw over his wife, who sent a gambler to kill him. But when he returns to the place where he was raised, he finds something he wants to live for and an adve ...more
Mandi Ellsworth
This was a twist on a Louis L'Amour classic. This man actually made a name for himself in the East before heading out West. Turns out, though, that he went went because he was dying and wanted a place to die in peace. The West was not the place for Flint to find peace.

As with every L'Amour story, this one pulled me in and kept me there all the way through.
Apr 03, 2008 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone has their favorite Louis Lamour story. The Sacketts and nearly anything with Kilkenny just suck me in. Kerbouchard and the Walking Drum. Jeez. The man could write. In the end, you gotta go with the classics though. How many times as a kid did I wonder what exactly was the power that L.L. had over my father, and then.... Flint.
Good times.
Carol Snow
Sep 11, 2011 Carol Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best westerns ever written. About a wealthy eastern man whose wife and father-in-law (who know nothing of his past as an outlaw)try to kill him. Learning from his doctor that he is dying anyway, he sells off his investments, disapears, and heads to a hideout in the desert where he expects to spend his last few months.
Everet Seeley
Mar 08, 2013 Everet Seeley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another favorite book by Americas greatest Western writer. A fast paced hard hitting story of a wealthy financier (James T. Kettleman) suffering uncurable cancer who heads West to die alone, but gets tied up in a range war and decides to use his wealth and his gun to help save a local rancher (Nancy Kerrigan).
Tyler Cole
Nov 20, 2011 Tyler Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
Many of Louis L'Amour's characters are rugged, intelligent, confident men in their prim that try to avoid trouble but trouble always finds them. I never get tired of reading L'Amour's stories with this kind of scenario. Flint is no exception and could very well be one of the best of its kind.
Hal Hancock
Jan 09, 2014 Hal Hancock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My stepfather populated a 3 foot shelf of L'Amour books, and so I read them all. Flint stood out as the best, and that's saying something, as L'Amour was good in all his short novels.
Ed Wyrd
I'll tell you what. L'Amour breaks every rule about writing. There are scads of backstory. Lots of flashbacks. Loads of head-hopping. I'd be reading along and suddenly I'd realize there was a POV change, or I had gone into or came out of a flashback, and I'd have to go back a few paragraphs to figure when that happened. He doesn't use any line breaks to signal the changes (only to signify time passage) and they just blur together. And yet, because of his writing style, I kept turning the pages t ...more
Mar 13, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
Η τελευταία σφαίρα

Ένατο βιβλίο του Λουίς Λ'Αμούρ που διαβάζω και μπορώ να πω ότι με διαφορά είναι το καλύτερο απ'όλα. Και αν τα προηγούμενα μου άρεσαν πολύ, τότε αυτό που μόλις τελείωσα σχεδόν με ενθουσίασε.

Πως έχει η ιστορία: Ο εκατομμυριούχος Τζέιμς Τ. Κέτλεμαν αφήνει τον πολιτισμό και τα χρήματά του, καθώς και την όμορφη γυναίκα του που τον παντρεύτηκε για τα λεφτά και σχεδίαζε να τον σκοτώσει για δαύτα, για να περάσει τους τελευταίους μήνες της ζωής του, σ'ένα κρησφύγετο που ανήκε στον Τζιμ
Paul Siddoway
Feb 01, 2015 Paul Siddoway rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read a Louis L'Amour before. And this was good. Entertaining. Way better than Zane Gray (Grey?)

You might be able to guess how it'll end from almost the beginning, but there are some surprises along the way. And seeing how L'Amour takes you there is rather fun.

My two main complaints are A) sometimes he seems to be writing as he thinks of it; he flows from one thing to the next without finishing the first until a couple chapters later. 2) He's not so subtle with the foreshadowing. In f
Shannon Haddock
Jun 15, 2015 Shannon Haddock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book.

True, the characters were frequently little more than archetypes, but they managed to be distinctive enough nonetheless that I didn’t care. Flint himself was a very interestingly complex character that I wish L’Amour had written more about.

Despite seeing many reviews that talk about how predictable all of L’Amour’s westerns are, this one had plot twists I didn’t see coming. That was nicely unexpected.

But the absolute best thing about the book was the way the setting was des
Mar 26, 2015 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-lit
This is my first outing with Louis L'Amour. His reputation as a captivating storyteller is well deserved. Flint tells of James Kettleman, eastern financier who comes to New Mexico to die. There he meets Nancy Kerrigan, "lady boss" of the Kaybar Ranch. Kettleman, going incognito as "Flint," gets caught up in a western brawl of thug types who wear black hats. Porter Baldwin and his gang are intent on a scheme to defraud settlers of title to their lands. But he does so by roughing up anyone who mig ...more
Dave Fellows
3/5 stars. Well, Jane loves Louis L'Amour books and I finally HAD to read one just to get her to stop trying to make me read one. So maybe I went in from the start with the wrong attitude - but I didn't love it. The writing was good and everything, but it felt like a very simple story and the one interesting thing turned out to be a bit of a con (if you've read it, you'll probably know what I mean. If you haven't, I won't spoil it for you). Not the worst book I've ever read, but I shan't be rush ...more
Sep 28, 2013 Vali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, western
This was a great read, so much different from so many other L'amour books I've read. Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed reading a dozen of his stories and I've learned a lot, from a writer's point of view. But I consider most of his work to be literary twinkies - they taste great but they're not all that nourishing. However, with Flint, we finally find a main character different from all the others, a terminally-ill misanthrope with a bad attitude. The man made his fortune by being left alone, and ...more
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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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