Clay Bell had out-fought renegades, rustlers and wild animals to build his own spread out of an untamed wilderness. Another great Louis L'Amour book.
Clay Bell was a onetime drifter who'd grown weary of long trails and settled on the sweetest land he'd ever seen. For six years he fought Indians, rustlers, and the wilderness itself to make the Bar-B ranch the prize of the Deep Creek Range. But now all that Clay has worked for is threatened. Jud Devitt, a ruthless speculator from the East, wants Bell's rich timberland--and he doesn't care how he gets it. Backing Devitt are tame judges, crooked politicians, and fifty of the toughest lumberjacks in the county. Devitt doesn't know how to lose. Bell figures he's just the one to teach him.
First published in the WEST magazine under the psuedonym of Jim Mayo in 1955, this book lacks the geographical accuracy characteristic of later L'Amour books but has all his excellent plotting, character development, and action. It is set in Arizona but the town of Tinkersville is fictional. The book depicts the struggle of an ordinary Western man driven to extraordinary actions in order to protect his home, property, and way of life against an unscrupulous railroad boss. With all of L'Amour's finely-detailed plot, gunfights, street brawls and a bit of romance, it's a good read.
A nice, quick read in the expeced tradition of L'Amour. Nothing new here, but I still liked it.
Good story, exiting book!