He rode alone now into the canyon. Behind him were the bodies of the decent men who had defied the odds and lost. With him was the memory that had driven him for all these years—the vulture-ravaged corpse of his best friend, shot down in ambush.
Now as dusk settled on Yellow Hill, he was facing the man that he’d sworn would pay. He didn’t know if he’d live out this night, but at the moment this hardly seemed to matter.—Back Cover. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Haycox, Ernest
Ernest James Haycox was a popular Western writer born on October 1, 1899 in Portland, Oregon. He enlisted in the army in 1915, was stationed along the Mexican border in 1916, and was sent to Europe during World War I. He got a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1923. In the 1920s, he began writing action-packed Western stories with heroic heroes, villainous villains, and damsels in distress. He published his first novel Free Grass in 1929 and made his first appearance in Collier’s magazine in 1931. In the 1930s, he based more of his fiction on historical events and made frequent use of the cliché of “dark” brunette and “light” blonde female characters. His 1937 “Stage to Lordsburg” became John Ford’s 1939 classic Stagecoach, a film which consolidated John Wayne’s status as a major star. In the 1940s, with his commercial success, his heroes became more reflective, and his stories revolved more around his native Oregon. He died of cancer on October 13, 1950.
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