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Desperate journey
Farrell, Cliff.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Unity, Me. : Five Star, 1999.
Physical Description:
261 pages ; 22 cm.
River ambush -- I'm going to California -- Thorns for Johnny Spring -- Fire in their stacks -- The lady was a dude -- Picture bride -- The day the outlaws came -- Five aces west -- Hung up at Parley's store -- He knew all about women -- The pay-back race -- The shining mountains -- Desperate journey.
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For the first time in book form are some of Cliff Farrell's Western stories - a celebration of the American past and the stuff that legends are made of. From "River Ambush" where a young man begins his journey aboard a flat boat on the Ohio River, to "Picture Bride" where a woman from the East suddenly finds herself in the lonely isolation of the Texas frontier, these stories capture the bold dreams and harsh realities of the pioneers who sought their destinies across a rugged American landscape.

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Booklist Review

Five Star continues its western revival series with these tales by Farrell, longtime L.A. Examiner sports editor who was said to have cranked out more than 400,000 words a year in the heyday of the pulps. The yarns in this collection appeared in the 1940s and 1950s, mostly in the Saturday Evening Post, although one, " The Shining Mountains," was published in Woman's Day. Farrell's style, clear and to the point, perhaps a carryover from his newspaper career, made him easy to read and popular with editors as well as genre fans. From the first story here, "River Ambush," to the last, "Desperate Journey" (both about young pioneer men, the girls they loved, and bands of raiding Indians), Farrell showed how much he cared about his characters. Although he was always clear about who was good and who was bad, he left a little room for shades of gray among all the black and white. These entertaining tales add up to solid Americana. --Budd Arthur