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The running iron : a western story
Paine, Lauran.
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Publication Information:
Unity, Me. : Five Star, 2000.
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240 pages ; 23 cm
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Joseph Jessup, "Old Joe", was a buffalo hunter before he married a Pawnee woman and went into the cattle business. The Lazy J Ranch was doing comfortably well by the time he died, and Old Joe left it to his widow May and their son, Young Joe. Every year at roundup time, the Jessups enlisted the help of May's tribesmen. Called "up yonders" by the locals, these Indians hid from the government in order to remain free. But things started to change when Joe died, and now the Jessups need all the help they can get to face a crooked banker and a clan of cattle.

Author Notes

Lauran Paine was born on February 25, 1916 in Duluth, Minnesota. He spent his youth working as a cowboy. Paine entered the publishing scene in 1950, when he had 14 books published. Those first books were written under his own name and included Adobe Empire, Timberline, Geronimo, Wake of the Moon, Valour in the Land, The Bounty Hunter, Sixgun Atonement, The Apache Kid, Kiowa-Apache, Greed at Gold River, The Modoc War, Lawman, and The Story of Buckhorn.

Paine has also done quite a bit of magazine work, as well as motion picture work on Westerns, livestock dealing, rodeoing, blacksmithing and ranching. Paine's books have been translated into every major European language, and have even been reprinted behind the Iron Curtain and in Africa.

In 35 years of serious writing, Paine had seen over 900 of his manuscripts published as books, including at least 515 Westerns, all of them under about 74 pen names. He was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records from 1980 to 1984 as the world's most prolific living author.

Lauran Paine died December 1, 2001 in Fort Jones, California.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Descended from Revolutionary War patriot and pamphleteer Thomas Paine, Lauran Paine is said to have authored some 900 books under his own name and a handful of pseudonyms. His eighth Five Star western concerns the battles of the Jessup family--specifically, old Joe Jessup's Pawnee widow, May, and her son, Young Joe--to hang on to the Lazy J ranch. On one hand, a less-than-honest banker is trying to get May to sign the ranch over to him as payment of a debt that no longer exists and, on the other, neighboring ranchers have been stealing Jessup cattle by altering the Lazy J brand with the running iron that gives Paine his title. There's also a plan afoot to use the army to flush out the `up yonder' Indians, May's tribesmen, who live in the nearby hills and often help the Jessups work their stock. An entertaining underdog story about winning against seemingly insurmountable odds. --Budd Arthur