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Dead Ringer: A Western Trio

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  22 reviews

In the first in this trio of Western stories by Louis L'Amour-"Black Rock"-Jim Gatlin, a Texas trail driver, arrives in the town of Tucker where he finds himself quickly drawn into the middle of an all-out battle for the XY Ranch when, due to a case of mistaken identity, he kills the segundo of Wing Cary's Flying C Ranch. Gatlin is a dead-ringer for Jim Walker, who, like C

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Published March 5th 2019 by Blackstone Western
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Carol Tilley
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I didn't want to enjoy this collection, but it was pretty fun. ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
With no real expectations, I purchased this on sale and ended up liking it quite a bit. I’d always known of this author throughout the years as having quite a big following, and see why. The characters distinctive and memorable, and the author creates vivid pictures of the environment. It isn’t full of beautiful prose, but well-written and entertaining throughout. I’ll be reading more of the timeless work from this author.
Mar 11, 2021 rated it liked it
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When I was a wee one, I read everything in our house from my mom's PG rated historical romances to the encyclopedias to Aesop's Fables to my dad's Louis L'Amour books. Anything and everything was fair game. My dad also used to get Louis L'Amour books on tape from our local library and listen to them while he was milking cows on our dairy farm. So it should come as no surprise to myself that, when I saw this three part Audible deal and snatched it up, I felt washed over with nostalgia.

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Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Andrew Blok
I blocked out the main spoiler, but there are plenty of unblocked ones too.

I read this book for a family reading challenge. My dad loved (and maybe loves) Louis L'Amour books, so we added it as a category. I read a few when I was a kid, so there's a smaller soft spot in my heart, too.

I don't have much to say about the story. Louis L'Amour writes westerns (and a couple of other things). They're set in ranching/cattle range/mining/recently stolen land. They involve cowboys and gunslingers and usua
AZ Book Guy
Feb 14, 2022 rated it liked it
This was my first Louis L’Amour book and I would read him again but this one fell short for me.

The first two stories were pretty good but the third, longer one was boring and had no tension. Multiple shallow and undeveloped characters made the story drag along too slowly.
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Ok cowboy stories.
Steve Martinson
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Not Mr. L'Amour's best, but not the worst, either. Trio of typical Western stories. If you're in the mood for some Western action, go with "Rider's Of The Purple Sage"; a true L'Amour classic. ...more
Steve Cox
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first Louie L’amour ever ... really enjoyable, looking forward to reading more!
Jan 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Black Rock – The man’s name was Jim Gatlin but certain townfolks believed him to be Jim Walker. A case of mistaken identity but potentially fatal for Gatlin. The Kerry Dunn outfit wanted Walker of the XY dead. Bill Trout, Segundo of the Flying-C braced Gatlin in the cafe, and Gatlin shot him dead. The exciting tale continues as Gatlin tries to figure out what is going on and why that man wanted to kill him. Then again, it’s probably best to “get out of Dodge”.
Gamble of the KT – Shandy Gamble was
John Dudley
Jan 24, 2022 rated it liked it
The first two stories of this trio are outstanding, typical Louis L’amour fare, guns blazing, punches flying, everybody’s tough especially the main character. Love that stuff. The third story though was one of the least engaging L’amour stories I have read and is a total pass. So do one and two and have some fun and then use the rest of the book to prop up your lopsided table.
Feb 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
A fun collection of western stories I didn't expect to enjoy as much as I did. This was my second L'Amour outing, and even though it was riddled with cliches ("you calling me a liar!?", etc) it was still fun outing. ...more
Tim Blackburn
Jun 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
Great escapism reading from the King of the Westerns. Two short stories and a novel are included in this anthology. Easy to tell the bad guys from the good guys while truth, justice, and the codes of the West are observed. Good stuff in this collection.
Brady Miller
Aug 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Good story but too many characters to keep up with.
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Adam Webb
Sep 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Fun read and solid character and plot development. L’Amour is great.
Jan 02, 2022 rated it liked it
The short stories were good. The novella was boring and went on forever.
Apr 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Listened to this trio of stories - two short stories and a novella. Solid storytelling as usual from L'Amour. If you're a fan of his, this will be par for the course, which means well done as usual. ...more
May 05, 2022 rated it liked it
Louis L’amour stories are simple and short escapes from reality.
Sep 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
4.5 Stars; Audible
F Clark
Jul 18, 2022 rated it liked it
Kind of a fun beach read if one is a fan of westerns. Not a groundbreaking example of the genre, but entertaining enough.

Sawanna Davis
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
The book gets its title from the first story, which is the shortest one in the collection.
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Louis Dearborn L'Amour (March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988) was an American novelist and short-story writer.

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

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