Riding the High Country

Patrick T. Tucker, Author Fjord Press $8.94 (149p) ISBN 978-0-940242-32-6
For anyone who enjoys cowboy yarns and tall tales, this book, originally published in 1933 and now reissued as the first of the publisher's Western Writers Series, is a treasure trove. Tucker was a cowpoke who did everything one would expect: he rode, tangled with Indians, even killed other men. Indeed, some stories are not for the faint of heart. In the beginning of the book, Tuck, as he's called, meets Charley Russell, a boy of 15, and teaches him to be a cowboy: of particular importance are nonchalance and brushing off danger. Typically, Charley and Tuck get into a scrape with an outlaw, ""Injun Dick,'' who had set out to double-cross the two out of several ponies. As a result, Tuck says, Injun Dick is soon left ``decorating a cottonwood tree.'' The author's direct language and straightforward storytelling make this a pleasurable read. (December)
Reviewed on: 01/30/1990
Release date: 02/01/1990
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