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The quest of Lee Garrison
Brand, Max, 1892-1944.
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Publication Information:
Bath : Chivers, 2001.

Physical Description:
211 pages ; 20 cm.
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Originally published in large print: S.l. : Thomas T. Beeler in co-operation with Golden West Literary Agency, 1998. - An earlier version of this story first appeared under the title "Galloping danger" in Western story magazine in 1923.
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A dying Indian had travelled hundreds of miles in search of the magnificent grey mustang. Lee Garrison is forced to make a terrible, shattering decision - a decision that might destroy him.

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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Library Journal Review

Both of these pulp Western novels deal with protagonists on a quest. In Brand's 1923 story, cowpoke Lee Garrison sets out to find and capture a wild horse he views on the plains. His journey, however, ultimately involves more than he bargained for. Although it has arguably one of the worst titles ever, Coburn's 1937 story is far more serious, as its hero, Galt Magrath, packs his Bible and six-gun and goes in search of the men who murdered his preacher father. Also new in the "Gunsmoke" series is T.V. Olsen's Lonesome Gun (ISBN 0-7540-8103-6) and Lee Hoffman's Wiley's Move (0-7540-8104-4). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.