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Stolen gold : a Western trio
Brand, Max, 1892-1944.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Unity, Me. : Five Star, 1999.
Physical Description:
255 pages ; 22 cm.
Sheriff Larrabee's prisoner -- A shower of silver -- Stolen gold.
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Max Brand is one of the best-known writers in American history, having produced works in every genre and with eighty motion pictures based on his work. Here, for the first time in book form, are three Western stories in the Reata Series. In "Sheriff Larrabee's Prisoner, " a lawman must pursue a murder suspect - a man Larrabee's daughter is convinced is innocent. The title story tells the tale of Reata whose Gypsy girlfriend could be his undoing. In "A Shower of Silver, " a good deed makes Bob Lake a murder suspect!

Author Notes

Max Brand is the best-known pen name of Frederick Faust, who was born in Seattle, Washington in 1882, and orphaned early. Faust grew up in the rural San Joaquin Valley of California. At the University of California, Berkeley, he became a student rebel and a one-man literary movement, contributing to campus publications. He was denied his degree because of his unconventional conduct. He then traveled, ending up in New York City where he received simultaneous recognition as a serious poet and successful popular-prose writer. Later, he traveled further, making his home in New York, then in Florence, Italy, and finally Los Angeles. He much preferred Italy, where he lived from 1926 to 1938, and where much of his writing was done.

Faust, who wrote under more than a dozen pseudonyms, was a prolific writer, not only of westerns, but also of hundreds of other novels and books, including the popular Dr. Kildare series. Faust's first novel The Untamed (1918) was a success and introduced a semimythical character, Whistlin' Dan Barry, who travels the West following the wild geese, accompanied by a black wolf. His characters, who often have a mythic quality, are memorable, and his books are always entertaining.

Faust was also a screenwriter for several Hollywood studios, including MGM, Warner Brothers, and Columbia. Once the United States entered the Second World War, Faust abandoned his lucrative writing career and his work as a screenwriter to serve as a war correspondent with the infantry in Italy, despite his fifty-one years and a bad heart.

Faust died in 1944, killed during a night attack on a hilltop village held by the German army. Even after his death, new books based on magazine serials, unpublished manuscripts, or restored versions continue to appear so that he has averaged a new book every four months for seventy-five years.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Max Brand was the best known of the numerous pen names used by Frederick Faust, who died during World War II but whose novels and collections of stories continue to appear in new editions at the rate of four per year. The three short novels collected here were all published in pulp magazines during the 1920s. Amazingly, Brand's work weathers the test of time quite well, primarily because of his clever plotting and devotion to dynamic characterization. In the title piece, former convict Reata is duped into abandoning his hard-won domestic bliss to search for treasure. The second tale finds a drifter accused of murder. His only hope for justice is the daughter of the sheriff who captured him. The third tale features a good samaritan drawn into a web of duplicity when he tries to help a newlywed whose husband is suddenly seized by a local lawman. Fine reading for the perennial Brand audience. --Wes Lukowsky

Table of Contents

Sheriff Larrabee's Prisoner
A Shower of Silver
Stolen Gold: A Reata Story