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Wayne D. Overholser (Five Star, $25.95), Hardcover.

Wayne D. Overholser

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Wayne D. Overholser wrote vivid Westerns set principally in Oregon and Colorado. His thoughtful characters included wise and resourceful women, something many Western writers of his time overlooked. This trilogy includes two short stories first published in the 1940s and one novella newly released from the Overholser Estate. The tales feature: a reformed gunfighter-turned-sodbuster forced to defend his land; a young attorney who accidentally foils a robbery to become a dubious town hero; and a mine owner’s harrowing stagecoach trip centered around highwaymen, marauding Paiute Indians and $10,000 hidden inside his fiancée’s picnic basket.  These are good, old-time Western yarns.

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