by Zane Grey

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Originally published in 1928, this is a western with a heavy emphasis on romance. Tough cowboy Trueman Rock returns to an area where he sowed wild oats when he was younger and falls hard for a beautiful daughter of a rancher with a questionable reputation.  Thiry Preston has a bad boy for a brother, and he is likely guilty of rustling, and is certainly a mean and ornery tough guy himself. A masquerade ball held by an old flame of True’s is just one of the surprisingly romantic elements included in the plot. The beauty of the stark scenery is deftly conveyed by Grey. The writing by our present day standards seems somewhat overblown and emotional, but there are gunfights, fistfights and cattle work to balance the speechifying and kissing.

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