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Dutchman's Flat (Kilkenny includes "A Gun for Kilkenny")

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  932 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
In this land, the place you leave behind might not be there when you get back. At least not the way you knew it. Tack Gentry of the G Bar, Chat Lock of Dutchman’s Flat, and Ward McQueen of the Tumbling K knew how it felt to struggle against men who were trying to take from them what they believed in. For the bad rush in when the good leave, and men will
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 1986 by Bantam (first published 1986)
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Benjamin Thomas
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a nice collection of Louis L’Amour’s western short fiction. I’ve read a number of these collections of his now and always come away with a warm feeling. Unlike a lot of popular novelists who give short stories a try, Louis L’Amour does a great job with the form.

There are a total of 11 stories in this collection and it includes the lengthy “West of the Tularosas” which is really a novella and introduces the character of Ward McQueen of the Tumbling K ranch, a character who also takes the
Feb 07, 2008 rated it liked it
A collection of short stories, each with a forward by the author.

"Dutchman's Flat"
"Keep Travelin', Rider"
"Trail to Pie Town"
"Mistakes Can Kill You"
"Big Medicine"
"Man From Battle Flat"
"West of the Tularosas"
"McQueen of the Tumbling K"
"The One for the Mohave Kid"
"The Lion Hunter and the Lady"
"A Gun for Kilkenny"


The choice to read this book was based on the fact that I was heading out on vacation to the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota. It seemed appropriate, then, to read some western
Aaron Toponce
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-recommended
I struggle if I want to give this book 2 stars or 3 stars. It's a collection of short stories, some of which are good, but not great, and the rest of which are just "meh". Overall, I think I liked it as a whole, although before I started reading the book, something caught me as odd. On the back cover, Louis L'Amour says the following:

Dear Reader,

I've derived a lot of pleasure in the past decade in personally preparing collections of my short stories for my publisher, Bantam Books, to issue in p
Jason King
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
An unexpected twist for a L'Amour novel, very appreciated!
Christopher Taylor
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Although its a bit dated as these are earlier pulp stories by Louis L'Amour, there's still the raw authenticity and familiarity with the old west in these tales that modern authors do not match. Some of the short stories in this collection are truly excellent, such as the title story, which gives an insight into the personality and events of the old west few other authors could provide.
Steve Chaput
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another solid collection of short stories by L'Amour, these from his early career. Some, such as the title story, were later re-worked into longer pieces.

This particular edition of the book is interesting, as it was published to counter a like-titled book by another company. Due to copyright issues the stories had seemingly fallen into the public domain allowing the other publisher to go ahead without the author's approval. L'Amour personally chose these stories, adding historical information an
Elizabeth S
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Collection of short stories with intros by L'Amour. I really enjoy his intros and what they add to the picture of the real West.

Dutchman's Flat
Keep Travelin', Rider
Trail to Pie Town
Mistakes Can Kill You
Big Medicine
Man from Battle Flat
West of the Tularosas
McQueen of the Tumbling K
The One for the Mohave Kid
The Lion Hunter and the Lady
A Gun for Kilkenny
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: western, louis-lamour
If you like stories about good guys who kick butt and get the girl and the bad guys who get it in the end, read Louis L'amour. He also has a knack for describing scenery, and every canyon, spring, etc. he mentions truly exists. He was a great authority on the American Wild West which is not quite how Hollywood often portrays it.
Peri Ann
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
"Everything a man does is indication of his character, whether he cheats at cards or takes an unfair advantage because it is legal..." part of the Author's note before the short story of Dutchman's flat.

Looking forward to reading more Louis L'Amour soon, this was my first one. !
Rosa Cline
4 star
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: westerns
A collection of outstanding stories of the American West by a master story teller. Each story is accompanied by an author's note which in themselves are insightful.
Peter Charleston
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Enjoyable western reading adventure.
James M.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good book of short stories by Mr. L'Amour...
Partridge Public
Nov 20, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: L'Am West PB
Shelves: western
L'Amour, Louis PB
Molly Cline
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, listen-to-cd
This was a nice novella, quick read. I listened to it on CD and the reader did a wonderful job changing his voice and tone to fit the situation. This one leaves you with a good feeling.
Carol and Gary Curtis
Eleven short stories around a western theme. I'm not a real fan of short stories. These were good but not what I was interested in reading.
Jeff Sprague
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first L'Amour book, and much more addictive than I would have guessed. Great stories of honor and heroics in the West. I especially liked the first story. 4.5 stars.
Apr 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: western
the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad. how simple life would be if the distinctions were that obvious.
Wayne Hastings
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful collection of short stories some of which became books. What also makes this collection unique is each story is preceded by a short introduction from L'Amour.
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns
Another short story collection, but this one has some really good stuff, including "McQueen of the Tumbling K."
David Reynolds
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
As I've stated in the past, I LOVE his short stories too!!
Kathy Dobronyi
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading these stories of the West. Louis L'Amour is quite the spinner of tails. I also liked his commentaries which added to the flavor of the stories.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Must read if you like westerns
Feb 15, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-new
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not his best short story collection. Still, ok.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any adult
Recommended to Abram by: Grandpa Adrain
great short stories from a wonderful writer, very moral and clean. Makes you wish there were more people like the folks in this book the real salt of the earth.
Jan 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Small fixes of L'Amour. Good for waiting rooms.
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