"New Hope combines three of Ernest Haycox's finest short novels with the interconnected short stories he wrote about New Hope, a freighting town on the Missouri River. In "The Roaring Hour," the new town marshal of Buffalo Crossing and his fianceť are up against the combined forces of the gambling hall owner, the sheriff controlled by him, and the local outlaw leader. A young upstart holds up a stagecoach in "The Kid from River Red" to prove his manhood and impress an outlaw leader. Then he finds out the price of the outlaw's acceptance is much higher. "The Hour of Fury" is set in the booming gold camp of Dug Gulch, where a gunfighter has come to lose his identity. Most of the stories are narrated by Tod, a boy coming of age in the 1880s, who captures indelibly the people, the land, and the time."--Page 4 of cover.
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