THE APPALOOSA CURSE by James Robert Richard


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A toughfe from New York's Lower East Side, Frankie Mertz, wins the chance to spend the summer on the Bitter Root Mountains when his English teacher enters his prize winning essay on horses in a magazine conte Out on the ranch with the friendly Todd family and their adopted Indian son, Charlie Frankie takes something of a shaking down before he adjusts. There is, too, a mystery to solve, when a mysterious and murderous Easterner gets after uranium on the Todd property and rigs his shenanigans to look like the return of an old curse. The ending in more thought provoking than most; the Todds decide to keep their uranium underground until it can be used for peace, and they offer Frankie a permanent home. A good story, this moves along with a snap and crackle to its dialogue.

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard