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It was a land where nothing was small, nothing was simple. Everything, the lives of men and the stories they told, ran to extremes.

Shanghaied into forced labor on a merchant vessel, Charles Rodney dies aboard ship from repeated beatings, but not before deeding part of his ranch to Rafe Caradec, whom he hopes will protect his family.

©1948 Better Publications; from Stories of the Golden West, Book Three edited by Jon Tuska; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"If there is an 'American sound', Lane has it. He speaks lightly, clearly, and with the greatest warmth for every character." (AudioFile)

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  • Gary
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 12-05-11

NO ONCE DOES WESTERNS LIKE LOUIS LAMOUR

I read the book several times, but listening to the audio book brought the characters to life again in a way I had not thought of.

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Good Entertainment

I also have the movie version, "Crossfire Trail", with Rafe played by Tom Selleck. There are slight variations but both are good. If I had to choose between the two I would take this book narrated by Christopher Lane.

In "The Trail to Crazy Man" Rafe is made half owner of Rodney's ranch giving him legal right to move onto Rodney's spread to fulfill his promise to his late friend to protect his wife and daughter. When Rafe arrives he finds Rodney's wife has died, the ranch abandoned and his daughter living in town engaged to marry Barkow; the man who holds the mortgage on Rodney's ranch. She had been told her father was killed a year ago, rather than a month or so ago from beatings aboard a merchant Vessel. Rafe and his friends move into the house and begin making repairs and restocking the ranch.

Barkow and his cronies have gone to a lot of trouble to get control of Rodney's ranch and are not going to let Rafe and his friends take over. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when they arrest Rafe for killing a back shooter through a window when he is called out to face one of Barkow's gunmen in the street. I love the way he turned the tables on their mock trial, where he was suppose to be sentenced to hang.

This is an exceptional audiobook; I highly recommend it!