There is a bit more bone structure and flesh on the bones than in the ordinary might-be-true Western, but all the familiar...

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DEAD WARRIOR

There is a bit more bone structure and flesh on the bones than in the ordinary might-be-true Western, but all the familiar ingredients are there. Carruthers had enough of the lawyer in him to take the mantle in the eight-saloon mining camp of Three Deuces-but he stayed behind when the stampede to Powder Keg emptied the town -- and became, by default, owner of the mail coach and the horses. Then his real adventures started- and action was quick and fast. The wind-up was at a new strike, promptly named Dead Warrior-and the story goes through the rise and decline of a gold strike town, the coming of ""respectability"" and ""law and order"", the substitution of a company town (copper supported) for the wide open saloon- dance hall- gambling joint main drag of a gold strike town. Carruthers lost one girl in a gun play; he rode out on another, when his ideas failed to jibe with hers. The story is a natural next move from the Wyatt Earp yarn, The Last Chance (1950) and the factual story, Doc Holiday (1955), both of which used Tombstone, Arizona. For the more selective among the Western fans.

Pub Date: April 17, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1956