|Title:||The False Rider (Silvertip #12)|
One of a series of pulp Western novels by Max Brand featuring Silvertip, a heroic lone rider who metes out justice to various wrong-doers he runs across in his travels. So far, so ordinary. What raises this book somewhat above the ordinary is the fact a good deal of it is told from the point of view of Duff Gregor, a "card cheat, gunman, and general crook".
Duff is quite believable in his motives and decisions and at the end even gains a certain stature. The primary villain, Barry Christian, is more of a stereotype; he could be characterised as the worthy antagonist of Silvertip. He's bad but has a manly kind of honour blended with his evil nature. However, neither Barry Christian nor Silvertip are as interesting as Duff. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Faust, Frederick Schiller
Frederick Schiller Faust aka Frank Austin, George Owen Baxter, Walter C Butler, George Challis, Evan Evans, Frederick Faust, John Frederick, Frederick Frost, David Manning, Peter Henry Morland, Max Brand...
Max Brand, one of America's most popular and prolific novelists and author of such enduring works as Destry Rides Again and the Doctor Kildare stories, died on the Italian front in 1944.
“No pulp writer was more prolific than Frederick Faust, who wrote nearly 15 million words under the pen name of Max Brand and seventeen others. He sold all his stories and sometimes wrote complete issues of Western Story Magazine. But Faust's most famous character was not a Western hero but a doctor—Dr. Kildare—who inspired a film of the same name plus fifteen sequels and a television series starring Richard Chamberlain.” (The Incredible Pulps: A Gallery of Fiction Magazine Art, c. 2006, p. 11).
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