Stegner is such a beautiful writer. Although this is not the best of his work, it's still an incredible book.
From the back cover: "A restless, violent adventurer lured by golden dreams, roaming the vanished frontier from Nevada to Saskatchewan...crony of banker, broker, bootlegger, and pimp...a man of towering rages and warmth, with elusive visions of sudden wealth...above all a man, even in humilitation and defeat!"
"Powerful...a harrowing saga...Mr. Stegner has felt the spell of mountains and prairies, of drought, flood, and blizzard; he can write of moving accidents and hair-breadth escapes that give us the feel of frontier life. Perhaps the most intensely interesting passages are those that describe the rum-running drives of Bo Mason over treacherous back roads in peril from weather, law and hijackers."-THE NEW YORK TIMES