The Gun Fight

The Gun Fight

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John Benton was one of the toughest men ever to wear a Texas Ranger badge. But eight years ago, in August 1871, he hung up his guns for good. Or so he hoped. Then young Robby Coles challenged him to a fight over some imagined slight to the boy's sixteen-year old girlfriend. At first Benton tried to laugh off the affair. Whey, the boy was little more than a child. But rumours and gossip spread like wildfire through their dusty frontier town and soon enough the entire community seemed to be goading both men towards a fatal confrontation neither one truly wanted. Benton doesn't want to kill again. Robby is secretly terrified of facing the legendary gunfighter. Yet, with both men's honour on the line, is there any way to avoid a duel to the death?show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 104 x 170 x 18mm | 117.93g
  • St Martin's Press
  • FORGE
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765362287
  • 9780765362285
  • 1,153,385

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Praise for "The Gun Fight" Matheson has crafted an engrossing account of the frequently deadly consequences of mistaking vanity for honor. ""With the possible exception of the modern woman's romance, Richard Matheson has conquered every category of fiction in our time. With "The Gun Fight," he has marked the American Western in its newest and most important phase with his brand. Raw, rough, and real, the book resonates with the long sure role of history." Written in the traditional Western style, this substantive story addresses several moral issues, and the rather illusive term 'honor' is made crystal clear . . . An action-packed, suspenseful tale. "The Gun Fight" is another western triumph for Richard Matheson, to add to his Spur-winning "Journal of the Gun Years."--Norman Zollinger, author of The Road to Santa Fe In just three days, gossip leaves a trail of wrecked lives, death, and life-long remorse. By the author of "Journal of the Gun Years, "this is a superbly written suspense story with a moral. ""Richard Matheson packs "The Gun Fight" with enough real people, plot twists and authentic western color to make this the equal of his Spur-winning "Journal of the Gun Years. " This is a very, very good book." With the possible exception of the modern woman's romance, Richard Matheson has conquered every category of fiction in our time. With "The Gun Fight," he has marked the American Western in its newest and most important phase with his brand. Raw, rough, and real, the book resonates with the long sure role of history.--Loren D. Estleman, author of Frames Richard Matheson packs "The Gun Fight" with enough real people, plot twists and authentic western color to make this the equal of his Spur-winning "Journal of the Gun Years. " This is a very, very good book.--Ed Gorman, author of Fools Rush In Any novel bearing the name Richard Matheson is going to be breathtakingly good. No one writes better.--Richard Wheeler, author of North Star He is legend, Richard Matheson, and "The Gun Fight" is the kind of story that made it happen. Here is a deceptively simple premise-how a lie can kill-and an unforgettable character, ex-Ranger John Benton. Matheson makes everything work just as he did in "Journal of the Gun Years, " which won the Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America.--Dale Walker "Rocky Mountain News " -He is legend, Richard Matheson, and The Gun Fight is the kind of story that made it happen. Here is a deceptively simple premise-how a lie can kill-and an unforgettable character, ex-Ranger John Benton. Matheson makes everything work just as he did in Journal of the Gun Years, which won the Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America.- --Dale Walker, Rocky Mountain News-Matheson has crafted an engrossing account of the frequently deadly consequences of mistaking vanity for honor.- --Publishers Weekly-With the possible exception of the modern woman's romance, Richard Matheson has conquered every category of fiction in our time. With The Gun Fight, he has marked the American Western in its newest and most important phase with his brand. Raw, rough, and real, the book resonates with the long sure role of history.- --Loren D. Estleman, author of Frames-Written in the traditional Western style, this substantive story addresses several moral issues, and the rather illusive term 'honor' is made crystal clear . . . An action-packed, suspenseful tale.- --School Library Journal-The Gun Fight is another western triumph for Richard Matheson, to add to his Spur-winning Journal of the Gun Years.- --Norman Zollinger, author of The Road to Santa Fe-In just three days, gossip leaves a trail of wrecked lives, death, and life-long remorse. By the author of Journal of the Gun Years, this is a superbly written suspense story with a moral.- --Library Journal-Richard Matheson packs The Gun Fight with enough real people, plot twists and authentic western color to make this the equal of his Spur-winning Journal of the Gun Years. This is a very, very good book.- --Ed Gorman, author of Fools Rush In-Any novel bearing the name Richard Matheson is going to be breathtakingly good. No one writes better.- --Richard Wheeler, author of North Star "He is legend, Richard Matheson, and The Gun Fight is the kind of story that made it happen. Here is a deceptively simple premise-how a lie can kill-and an unforgettable character, ex-Ranger John Benton. Matheson makes everything work just as he did in Journal of the Gun Years, which won the Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America." --Dale Walker, Rocky Mountain News"Matheson has crafted an engrossing account of the frequently deadly consequences of mistaking vanity for honor." --Publishers Weekly"With the possible exception of the modern woman's romance, Richard Matheson has conquered every category of fiction in our time. With The Gun Fight, he has marked the American Western in its newest and most important phase with his brand. Raw, rough, and real, the book resonates with the long sure role of history." --Loren D. Estleman, author of Frames"Written in the traditional Western style, this substantive story addresses several moral issues, and the rather illusive term 'honor' is made crystal clear . . . An action-packed, suspenseful tale." --School Library Journal"The Gun Fight is another western triumph for Richard Matheson, to add to his Spur-winning Journal of the Gun Years." --Norman Zollinger, author of The Road to Santa Fe"In just three days, gossip leaves a trail of wrecked lives, death, and life-long remorse. By the author of Journal of the Gun Years, this is a superbly written suspense story with a moral." --Library Journal"Richard Matheson packs The Gun Fight with enough real people, plot twists and authentic western color to make this the equal of his Spur-winning Journal of the Gun Years. This is a very, very good book." --Ed Gorman, author of Fools Rush In"Any novel bearing the name Richard Matheson is going to be breathtakingly good. No one writes better." --Richard Wheeler, author of North Star He is legend, Richard Matheson, and "The Gun Fight" is the kind of story that made it happen. Here is a deceptively simple premise how a lie can kill and an unforgettable character, ex-Ranger John Benton. Matheson makes everything work just as he did in "Journal of the Gun Years, " which won the Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. Dale Walker, "Rocky Mountain News" Matheson has crafted an engrossing account of the frequently deadly consequences of mistaking vanity for honor. "Publishers Weekly" With the possible exception of the modern woman's romance, Richard Matheson has conquered every category of fiction in our time. With "The Gun Fight," he has marked the American Western in its newest and most important phase with his brand. Raw, rough, and real, the book resonates with the long sure role of history. Loren D. Estleman, author of Frames Written in the traditional Western style, this substantive story addresses several moral issues, and the rather illusive term honor' is made crystal clear . . . An action-packed, suspenseful tale. "School Library Journal" "The Gun Fight" is another western triumph for Richard Matheson, to add to his Spur-winning "Journal of the Gun Years." Norman Zollinger, author of The Road to Santa Fe In just three days, gossip leaves a trail of wrecked lives, death, and life-long remorse. By the author of "Journal of the Gun Years, "this is a superbly written suspense story with a moral. "Library Journal" Richard Matheson packs "The Gun Fight" with enough real people, plot twists and authentic western color to make this the equal of his Spur-winning "Journal of the Gun Years. " This is a very, very good book. Ed Gorman, author of Fools Rush In Any novel bearing the name Richard Matheson is going to be breathtakingly good. No one writes better. Richard Wheeler, author of North Star" Praise for "The Gun Fight" "He is legend, Richard Matheson, and "The Gun Fight" is the kind of story that made it happen. Here is a deceptively simple premise-how a lie can kill-and an unforgettable character, ex-Ranger John Benton. Matheson makes everything work just as he did in "Journal of the Gun Years, " which won the Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America."--Dale Walker, "Rocky Mountain News""Matheson has crafted an engrossing account of the frequently deadly consequences of mistaking vanity for honor.""--Publishers Weekly ""With the possible exception of the modern woman's romance, Richard Matheson has conquered every category of fiction in our time. With "The Gun Fight," he has marked the American Western in its newest and most important phase with his brand. Raw, rough, and real, the book resonates with the long sure role of history."--Loren D. Estleman, author of "Frames" "Written in the traditional Western style, this substantive story addresses several moral issues, and the rather illusive term 'honor' is made crystal clear . . . An action-packed, suspenseful tale.""--School Library Journal """The Gun Fight" is another western triumph for Richard Matheson, to add to his Spur-winning "Journal of the Gun Years.""--Norman Zollinger, author of "The Road to Santa Fe""In just three days, gossip leaves a trail of wrecked lives, death, and life-long remorse. By the author of "Journal of the Gun Years, "this is a superbly written suspense story with a moral.""--Library Journal ""Richard Matheson packs "The Gun Fight" with enough real people, plot twists and authentic western color to make this the equal of his Spur-winning "Journal of the Gun Years. " This is a very, very good book."--Ed Gorman, author of "Fools Rush In" "Any novel bearing the name Richard Matheson is going to be breathtakingly good. No one writes better."--Richard Wheeler, author of "North Star"upe Praise for "The Gun Fight": "He is legend, Richard Matheson, and "The Gun Fight" is the kind of story that made it happen. Here is a deceptively simple premise-how a lie can kill-and an unforgettable character, ex-Ranger John Benton. Matheson makes everything work just as he did in "Journal of the Gun Years, " which won the Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America."--Dale Walker, "Rocky Mountain News""Matheson has crafted an engrossing account of the frequently deadly consequences of mistaking vanity for honor.""--Publishers Weekly ""With the possible exception of the modern woman's romance, Richard Matheson has conquered every category of fiction in our time. With "The Gun Fight," he has marked the American Western in its newest and most important phase with his brand. Raw, rough, and real, the book resonates with the long sure role of history."--Loren D. Estleman, authshow more

About Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It..., and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.show more

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