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Chumley's gold : a western duo
Overholser, Wayne D., 1906-1996.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Five Star, [1999]

Physical Description:
308 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Five Star western"--T.p. verso.
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Western

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"High Valley" is set in the Rainbow Basin in the Big Bear Mountain Range of Colorado. It's a gristly land - no place for a young widow to be taking on the tough-as-nails settlers who aim to take her ranch from her. In "Chumley's Gold, " Dan Larsen learns only after his mother's sudden death that his father was a bank robber, and that the money may be hidden on his ranch property. It's Dan's good luck to buy the old ranch for back taxes. What Dan doesn't realize is that, along with the ranch, he's bought himself big trouble.

Author Notes

Wayne D. Overholser was born in Pomeroy, Washington on Septmeber 4, 1906. Overholser received his B. S. from the University of Oregon and worked as a teacher and a high school pricipal until he became a full time writer in 1945.

Overholser has written under many pen names, including John S. Daniels, Lee Leighton, Dan J. Stevens and Joseph Wayne. Lawman, written as Lee Leighton, won the Spur Award from WWA for best novel in 1954. In 1955, Overholser won the award again for a book written under his own name, The Violent Land. He won for a third time in 1969 for the juvenile novel, The Meeker Massacre.

At the 1989 WWA Convention in Portland, Overholser was presented with the Saddleman Award for outstanding contributions to the literature of the West. Wayne D. Overholser died August 27, 1996 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

" High Valley," the first of two novellas in this collection, concerns the efforts of Grant Talbot to save the Wagon Wheel Ranch, whose owner, Grant's mentor, has died in a suspicious accident. Big-money interests smell easy pickings as Grant soldiers on. The late Overholser, a three-time Spur Award winner, wrote that story in 1952. More than 40 years later, still fascinated by the themes of loyalty, family obligation, and David versus Goliath, he wrote "Chumley's Gold," its companion here, in which young Dan Larson, distraught by the recent death of his mother, sets out to find a cache of stolen money buried by his bank-robber father. Overholser's consistently character-driven stories helped set the tone for the modern western genre in which regular folk battle the same demons we do today, using not just six-guns but also intelligence, heart, and more than a little self-reliance. A fine addition to western collections. --Wes Lukowsky