Chumley's Gold

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Leisure Books, 2001 - Fiction - 305 pages
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For the first time in paperback comes two of Overholser's prime examples of his unique take on the Western novel. In the title novel, when Dan Larsen learns his father may have stashed stolen loot on a ranch he once owned, Dan aims to fight for the ranch now claimed by a lawman. In "High Valley", Joe Talbot works on a ranch in the Big Bear Mountains where the owner mysteriously dies. Now Joe is under attack by outlaws in the valley.

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Wayne D. Overholser was born in Pomeroy, Washington on Septmeber 4, 1906. Overholser received his B. S. from the University of Oregon and worked as a teacher and a high school pricipal until he became a full time writer in 1945. Overholser has written under many pen names, including John S. Daniels, Lee Leighton, Dan J. Stevens and Joseph Wayne. Lawman, written as Lee Leighton, won the Spur Award from WWA for best novel in 1954. In 1955, Overholser won the award again for a book written under his own name, The Violent Land. He won for a third time in 1969 for the juvenile novel, The Meeker Massacre. At the 1989 WWA Convention in Portland, Overholser was presented with the Saddleman Award for outstanding contributions to the literature of the West. Wayne D. Overholser died August 27, 1996 at the age of 89.

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