Shane Author:Jack Schaeffer "Call me Shane." — He rode into our valley in the summer of '89, a slim man, dressed in black. — "Call me Shane," he said. He never told us more — There was a deadly calm in the valley that summer, a slow, climbing tension that seemed to focus on Shane. — "There's something about him," Mother said. "Something... dangerous..." — "He's dangerous all ... more »right," Father said, "...but not to us...
"He's like one of these here slow burning fuses," the mule skinner said :Quiet... so quiet you forget it's burning till it sets off a hell of a blow of trouble. And there's trouble brewing."« less
One of the best western novels Ive ever read and Ive read most of em.
It's the story of a veteran gunfighter that seems to want to get out the "kill or be killed" life . He asks for water at the home of a farmer and his family just as some gunmen from the Big Rancher in the area rides in to "convince" the rancher to sell out.
Shane takes a liking to the farmer and stays to help out.
The story is written from the perspective of the boy.