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This is one of the only Zane Grey novels that has been narrated in the first person perspective. The perspective is a US Deputy Marshall who helps the legendary Texan Ranger Vaughn Steele in cleaning up the lawless place of Fairfield. Though the town is ridden with violence from a band of outlaws, Steele falls in love with the mayor’s daughter and the Marshall with his niece.
What makes this book stand out?
The book is ages ahead of its time. It incorporates romance, adventure, psychology to dramatically build up the story to satisfaction.
Read it for
The book is, again, a classic Western and makes use of its characters very wisely and judiciously. The protagonists are portrayed, one in the first person and the other in the third person.
Don't read it for
The book might appear to be quite slow at places. Once these parts are successfully gotten past, the book is pure pleasure