The Quest of Brady Kenton

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A clue from an ongoing serial in a dime novel series is enough to convince famed western reporter Brady Kenton that his wife, believed to have died in a railroad accident years ago, somehow survived. Alex Gunnison, the son of Kenton’s publisher, is the man assigned to keep him on schedule and out of trouble, a full-time job even before a young woman claiming to be daughter appears, with one of the world’s first private eyes, a former Texas Ranger, on her trail.

Intentionally or not, this novel reads like a dime novel itself, with lots of dialogue and action and precise pinpoint characterizations of the varied westerners whose paths cross that of Kenton and Gunnison. Lots of humor, too, with a dark side never quite hidden. This particular phase of the chase ends in a wild-and-wooly shootout, but in true pulp fashion, there’s a strong hint of more adventures yet to come.

 

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(US) 0312975783

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283

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