- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (10 September 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1162788992
- ISBN-13: 978-1162788999
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
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About the Author
American author (Pearl Zane Grey) is best known as a pioneer of the Western literary genre, which idealized the Western frontier and the men and women who settled the region. Following in his father s footsteps, Grey studied dentistry while on a baseball scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania. Grey s athletic talent led to a short career in the American minor league before he established his dentistry practice. As an outlet to the tedium of dentistry, Grey turned to writing, and finally abandoned his dental practice to write full time. Over the course of his career Grey penned more than ninety books, including the best-selling Riders of the Purple Sage. Many of Grey s novels were adapted for film and television. He died in 1939.
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Zane Grey's development of the killer, Jack Kelles, was the most masterful part of the story; his up and down madness over the girl. But it is not enough to carry the story. Best to stick with Black Mesa; Raiders of Spanish Peaks; The Arizona Clan, and The Shepherd of Guadeloupe, where Grey shines, without a silly girl dominating the scene. There will ever only be one Jane Withersteen and one Lassiter.
Here we have the "damsel-in-distress" who is taken in by a bandit. But he's not so bad. Or is he? Oh, he's really bad, and I'm scared. Yes, but today he seems pretty clean; he didn't take advantage of me, like he wanted to. But the other guy over there is REALLY bad. My captor? Not so much. All right, today he's mean and I want to escape. Oh look! Here's my hometown sweetheart! It is he whom I followed in the first place; and this brilliant idea got me into this mess. All right, I'll hide out for a while, then we'll get married and we can escape. Except the bad guys are really kind of nice in a way and my sweetheart is in with them, so we have to be careful....
One does not get gratuitous blood and violence with Zane Grey. Although the later scenes are a little intense, I think this is one of those books where he could have skimped a little on the hostage theme and ended it with a bit more hot lead and cordite. But it does not take away from the fact that this was a very good story, well told, and a decent read.
Just not my favorite.