LAWLESS WEST is the third and final collection of short novels written by Zane Grey, Louis L'Amour and Max Brand to be published by Leisure Books. (The other volumes were UNTAMED WEST and GOLDEN WEST). Considering how important Grey, Brand and L'Amour were to the genre, Leisure's trilogy is an excellent way to rediscover each author in turn.
Grey's "From Missouri" leads off the trio of stories, being a short novel about a Missouri schoolmarm who is lured out west under somewhat false pretenses. She eventually finds true love in this quaintly charming piece.
Max Brand's "Over the Northern Border" is the best story in the book. It's a wonderful tale of Jack Trainor, a fugitive from justice who winds up in the Canadian Rockies. Lost in the wilderness, he is saved by a simple-minded trapper. Over the course of some months, he repays the trapper by embroidering the letters the trapper sends to his fiance. When Trainor meets the lady in question he too is smitten but nevertheless helps the trapper find happiness. Brand's tale is a marvelous story populated by believable, likable human beings who value honor and friendship.
Louis L'Amour's "Riders of the Dawn," is the longest novel in the book. The story's hero is a cocky gunfighter who wanders into a town and, in short order, sees a woman, decides he's going to marry her - and tells her to her face! - and then gets himself involved in a range war.