Top positive review
Three fine stories
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2018
I have always liked Mr. L'Amour's short stories and short novels better than his longer works. The shorter writing showcases his strengths as a writer - fast action, characters drawn with quick, broad strokes, ample and excellent descriptions of the country, etc. The three stories in this collection are no exceptions. The Rider of the Ruby Hills is about as good as anything I've read by L'Amour. And I have read a lot. This story was made into a black and white movie in 1955 as Treasure of Ruby Hills,, starring Zachary Scott, Carole Mathews and Barton MacLane. Lee van Cleef appears in a supporting role.
L'Amour is one of the authors whose work I used to carry around with me to read while traveling and between interviews and interrogations. Written well enough to hold my attention but easy to put down and pickup. I left L'Amour books in police stations and government and private offices all over Mississippi. I'll bet a lot of people were happy to find them. Later, I left about 50 of them scattered across southwestern Finland. During that adventure, I discovered that Mr. L'Amour has quite a following in Finland.
I have had a lot of trouble with accuracy in books and stories by many popular modern western authors. I have never had that problem with L'Amour. His history and his descriptions of everything from guns to horses is dependable.
There is a pretty decent forward by Jon Tuska in this volume. Particularly good for newcomers to the life and writing of Mr. L'Amour.