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The Geraldi trail : a western story
Brand, Max, 1892-1944.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Unity, Me. : Five Star, 1999.
Physical Description:
272 pages ; 22 cm.
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Western
X Adult Fiction Western
X Adult Fiction Western

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James Geraldi only steals from other thieves. Having squared himself with the law, Geraldi is about to marry when his old friend Larry Burns rides in with a posse in pursuit. Geraldi takes Burns' place and leads the posse astray. But in that one rash move he has made himself a wanted man again, and sent his distraught bride into hiding.

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

If you bunched together everything Max Brand (Frederick Faust) wrote in a lifetime that spanned only 51 years, there would be enough words to fill well over 500 books. His Geraldi stories, which made their print debut in 1928 in Street & Smith's Western Story Magazine, later appeared in book form from different publishers, some under the pseudonym George Owen Baxter and some with Geraldi's name changed to Jackson. Now, Five Star is presenting the whole Geraldi saga as Brand meant it to appear. The Geraldi Trail stars an archetypal wizard of the West who steals only from thieves, performs more good deeds than an army of Boy Scouts, and wishes only to marry his beautiful Mary. But, alas, plans must change when a friend is in trouble, and more deeds need doing. This is vintage Brand, and it's certain to please fans of the traditional western. --Budd Arthur