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The Chick Bowdrie Short Stories Bundle
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Lawman, manhunter, peacemaker--it takes a hard breed of man to survive on the frontier, but Chick Bowdrie stands head and shoulders above the rest. This outlaw turned Texas Ranger was one of the favorite protagonists of master storyteller Louis L'Amour, appearing in a total of nineteen short stories bursting with unforgettable heroics and harrowing action. They're all here in this eBook bundle, together forming an epic portrait of a man standing at the crossroads between good and evil:

McNelly Knows a Ranger
  • A Job for a Ranger
  • Bowdrie Rides a Coyote Trail
  • A Trail to the West
  • The Outlaws of Poplar Creek
  • Bowdrie Follows a Cold Trail
  • More Brains Than Bullets
  • The Road to Casa Piedras
  • Bowdrie Passes Through
  • Where Buzzards Fly
  • South of Deadwood
  • Too Tough to Brand
  • Case Closed--No Prisoners
  • The Killer from the Pecos
  • A Ranger Rides to Town
  • Rain on the Mountain Fork
  • Down Sonora Way
  • Strange Pursuit
  • Strawhouse Trail

    The name is Bowdrie. It was a name that caused the most hardened gunmen to break out in a cold sweat. Chick Bowdrie. He could have ridden the outlaw trail, but the Texas Rangers recruited him because they didn't want to have to fight against him. Pursuing the most wanted men in the Southwest, he knew all too well the dusty trails, the bitter cattle feuds, the desperate killers, and the quiet, weather-beaten, wind-blasted towns that could explode into action with the wrong word. He had sworn to carry out the law, but there were times when he had to apply justice with his fists and his guns. They called in the Rangers to handle the tough ones, and there was never a Ranger tougher or smarter than Bowdrie.
  • Lawman, manhunter, peacemaker--it takes a hard breed of man to survive on the frontier, but Chick Bowdrie stands head and shoulders above the rest. This outlaw turned Texas Ranger was one of the favorite protagonists of master storyteller Louis L'Amour, appearing in a total of nineteen short stories bursting with unforgettable heroics and harrowing action. They're all here in this eBook bundle, together forming an epic portrait of a man standing at the crossroads between good and evil:

    McNelly Knows a Ranger
  • A Job for a Ranger
  • Bowdrie Rides a Coyote Trail
  • A Trail to the West
  • The Outlaws of Poplar Creek
  • Bowdrie Follows a Cold Trail
  • More Brains Than Bullets
  • The Road to Casa Piedras
  • Bowdrie Passes Through
  • Where Buzzards Fly
  • South of Deadwood
  • Too Tough to Brand
  • Case Closed--No Prisoners
  • The Killer from the Pecos
  • A Ranger Rides to Town
  • Rain on the Mountain Fork
  • Down Sonora Way
  • Strange Pursuit
  • Strawhouse Trail

    The name is Bowdrie. It was a name that caused the most hardened gunmen to break out in a cold sweat. Chick Bowdrie. He could have ridden the outlaw trail, but the Texas Rangers recruited him because they didn't want to have to fight against him. Pursuing the most wanted men in the Southwest, he knew all too well the dusty trails, the bitter cattle feuds, the desperate killers, and the quiet, weather-beaten, wind-blasted towns that could explode into action with the wrong word. He had sworn to carry out the law, but there were times when he had to apply justice with his fists and his guns. They called in the Rangers to handle the tough ones, and there was never a Ranger tougher or smarter than Bowdrie.
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    • From the book McNelly Knows a Ranger

      He rode up to Miller's Crossing just after sundown and stopped at the stage station. Stepping down from the saddle he stood for a moment, taking in the street, the storefronts, and the lighted saloons.

      Turning abruptly he crossed the boardwalk into a saloon. The bartender looked up, swallowed hard, and then turned quickly to polishing the back bar. The loafers at the tables glanced at each other, and one picked up a deck of cards and began riffling them nervously.

      Bowdrie's question warned them they had not been mistaken. "Where'll I find Noah Whipple?"

      The bartender's Adam's apple bobbed. "He—they—they shot him."

      "Killed?"

      Bowdrie's eyes were cold. The bartender swallowed again and shifted his feet uncomfortably, staring in fascination at the man with the dimplelike scar under the cheekbone below his right eye.

      "It was Aaron Fobes done it, Mr. Bowdrie. He's one o' the Ballards."

      Bowdrie stood silent, waiting.

      "About two this afternoon. They come ridin' in, five of them. Four got down an' come in here. The other'n stayed by the horses. They looked to be a purty salty outfit. They'd been ridin' hard by the look of the horses.

      "They took a quick look around when they come in and paid no attention after. They seen everything with that first look. We all knew who they was, even without that holdup over at Benton where they killed the cashier. Everybody knows the Ballards are ridin' again and there ain't two gangs alike.

      "The tall one I spotted right off. Had a blaze of white hair over his temple. That would be Clyde Ballard. He's a known man in Texas, from the Rio Grande to the Cimarron.

      "The tall gent with the towhead, that would be Cousin Northup, and the slim, dark-faced youngster was Tom Ballard. The other two was Aaron Fobes and Luther Doyle."

      "You seem to know them pretty well," Bowdrie commented. "Tell me more."

      "Noah, he come in here three or four minutes before the Ballards got here. You maybe know about Noah. He was a good man, no trouble to anybody, but Noah was a talker. He hadn't paid no attention when the Ballards came in, just a glance and he went on talkin'.

      " 'Feller come through last night an' said the Ballards was ridin' again. Used to know that Fobes up in the Nation.' We tried to catch his eye but there was no stoppin' him. 'That Fobes,' he says, 'never was no account. Poison mean, he was, even then.

      " 'Time's a-comin' when they won't let thieves like that ride around the country robbin' decent people.' Noah was just talkin' like he always done but Fobes was right there to hear him. Fobes tapped him on the shoulder. 'You talk too much, stranger,' he said, speakin' kind of low and mean."

      Chick Bowdrie listened, seeing the scene all too clearly, and the inevitable ending. That was Noah, all right, always talking, meaning no harm to anybody, a decent, hardworking man with a family. At least, there was Joanie. Thinking of her his face tightened and he felt empty and kind of sick inside.

      "Fobes, he said to Noah that maybe he'd like to stop the Ballards from ridin' the country? Maybe he'd like to try stoppin' them himself?

      "Well, you know Noah. He might have been a talker but he was no coward. 'Maybe I would,' Whipple says. 'This country should be made safe for honest people.'

      "Clyde Ballard put in then. 'Forget it, Aaron. He didn't know what he was sayin'. Let's ride.' Tom Ballard, he started for the door, Northup followin'. Noah Whipple thought it was all over, an' he dropped his hand.

      "He never should have done it, but...
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