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Ride south to purgatory : a Western story
Work, James C.
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First edition.
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Unity, Me. : Five Star, 1999.
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254 pages ; 22 cm.
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Pasque lives to avenge the murder of his brothers, when two of the men he suspects show up at his uncle's ranch. But his uncle, the powerful owner of Keystone Ranch, cautions him to be patient. Suddenly, Pasque's life changes entirely. A giant of a man shows up at the Keystone Christmas Party with a peculiar challenge: one man will fire three shots point-blank at him. If he isn't killed, he'll be back next Christmas and the tables will be turned. Itching for a confrontation, Pasque takes him on, beginning a mysterious journey that will end in exactly on year...

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Work, an award-winning editor and essayist who restored Jack Schaefer's classic novel Shane, tries his own hand at western fiction with this fast-paced, suspenseful story of Pasqua Pendragon, a cowboy working on his uncle's enormous Keystone Ranch in the Wyoming Territory and seeking to avenge the murder of his two brothers. While at the Keystone, Pasqua also works hard to keep a lid on the lust he feels for his uncle's beautiful wife--until he meets and marries the lovely Elena Godinez. During his time at the Keystone and before his marriage to Elena, Pasqua accepts the challenge of a unique duel from a mysterious giant of a stranger--a plot twist that allows the author to display his not inconsiderable knowledge of Native American mysticism. Work is equally well versed in the favored firearms of the period and the fascinating history of the Wyoming Territory. On multiple levels, Work's work works. --Budd Arthur