The Ridgerunner

by

Author:  Ray Hogan

Title:  The Ridgerunner

Genre:  Western

Publication Date:  1960, 2009

Number of Pages:  183

Geographical Setting:  Western United States

Time Period:  The Old West

Series (If applicable): NA

Plot Summary:  John Locke is heading to Wyoming to get a job as a ramrod at the Walking W ranch.  He decides to stop in and visit his old hometown of Three Forks and his foster brothers Starr and Bert Whitcomb and also his old love Sally Dean.  Sally and Bert were to be married when John left Three Forks, but John still had some old feelings for her.  All is not the same in Three Forks when John arrives.  He is quickly arrested for what the marshal thinks is his involvement in a robbery and murder on this morning’s stage coach.  John is surprised to find Starr and Bert are the main suspects and he does not believe it.  He escapes from jail to find his brothers and find out just what has happened to them and prove their innocence.

Subject Headings: Western Stories, Outlaws – The West (United States), Gunfighters, Large Type Books

Appeal:  Fast-paced page turner with suspenseful story.  The main character is a man of integrity with a clear sense of right and wrong.  The story is told from the point of view of the main character.  The dialogue is simple and fun and reminiscent of the Old West.  There are some great shoot-outs and the story is resolved in the end.

3 Terms that best describes this book:  Quick, Western, Justice

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Non-fiction Works – True stories of the Old West which is when  the book took place.

Ridgerunner: Elusive Loner of the Wilderness by Richard Ripley

Wanted!: Wanted Posters of the Old West by Martin J. Kidston

True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine by Editors of True West magazine

3 Fiction Works – Stories with heroes that have integrity and a clear sense of right and wrong.

The Shopkeeper by James D. Best

Walk Proud, Stand Tall by Johnny D. Boggs

The Last Way Station by Kent Conwell

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