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Stonebreaker's Ridge : a western story
Hogan, Ray, 1908-1998.
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Publication Information:
Unity, Me. : Five Star, 2000.
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168 pages ; 22 cm.
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The Vega is a lush ranching plain in the shadow of Stonebreaker's Ridge. When Jim Ryan returns to the ranch he inherited from his father, he looks to expand. He offers to buy the S-Bar Ranch from Tom Strickland but furious, he orders him off the place. When Tom is killed, suspicion falls on Jim.

Author Notes

Ray Hogan was born in Willow Springs, Missouri but moved to New Mexico with his parents at the age of 5. Before he began his writing career, Hogan worked as a truck salesman, a bookkeeper and a tire store manager.

Hogan took a correspondence journalism course as well as some English courses and began to write short stories for magazines in the U.S. as well as Germany and Czechoslovakia. He finally got his break into writing as a regular contributor to sports journals such as Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Hunting and Fishing, and others.

Hogan's first novel, Ex-Marshall, was published in 1956. In his thirty years as an author, Hogan has written 142 novels, 200 articles and 25 short stories.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

The son of a lawman and the author of a long list of classic westerns, Hogan published his first novel in 1956, after listening to his father and his cronies swap yarns about the not-so-good old days. Here Hogan sets his story on the Vega, a ranching plain between Stonebreaker's Ridge and the Santa Clara Mountains. Hogan's hero is one-time bounty hunter Jim Ryan, who has returned to the territory and taken over his late father's Box K Ranch. When rancher Tom Strickland, father of Ann, the woman Ryan loves, seems unable to run his ranch properly, Ryan offers to buy him out. After accusing Ryan of wanting to steal the property from Ann, Strickland is gunned down, and Ryan is the likely suspect. He heads for Stonebreaker's Ridge, forced to prove his innocence or go back to living by the gun. A satisfying, no-frills western. --Budd Arthur