|Title:||The Trail of Danger|
Dennis Gifford, a courageous lad not quite twenty, had traveled to San Francisco to seek his fortune in the California gold rush. However, Dennis had suffered a fate not uncommon in those lawless times when he was shanghaied by one of the toughest crooks on the coast. Desperate, he determined to seize his one slim chance of liberty and jump ship at the old Spanish town of Monterey. So it was that Dennis found himself taking refuge in the garden of a wealthy Spanish nobleman and, after a daring escapade, defending the Spaniard’s daughter Rosita against the unwelcome attentions of the most notorious bandit in California, Juan Castro.—Goodreads.com. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Raine, William MacLeod
William MacLeod Raine (1871-1954)
William MacLeod Raine was a British-born American novelist, born in London, the son of William and Jessie Raine. After his mother died, his family migrated from England to Arkansas when Raine was ten years old, eventually settling on a cattle ranch near the Texas-Arkansas border. In 1894, after graduating from Oberlin College, Raine left Arkansas and headed for the western U.S. He became the principal of a school in Seattle while contributing columns to a local newspaper. Later he moved to Denver, where he worked as a reporter and editorial writer for local periodicals.
At this time, he began to publish short stories, eventually becoming a full-time free-lance fiction writer, and finally finding his literary home in the novel. His earliest novels were romantic histories taking place in the English countryside. However, after spending some time with the Arizona Rangers, Raine shifted his literary focus and began to utilize the American West as a setting. The publication of Wyoming in 1908 marks the beginning of his prolific career, during which time he averaged nearly two western novels a year until his death in 1954. Though he was prolific, he was a slow, careful, conscientious worker, intent on accurate detail, and considered himself a craftsman rather than an artist.
In 1959, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
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