Riders of the Purple Sage: A Novel

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Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, 1912 - Adventure stories, American - 334 pages
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When Lassiter, a gunman with a reputation, rode into the Mormon village he found an angry mob. The object of their anger was the richest woman in town, who was unwilling to give up control of her spring water.

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This book was just awesome. I loved the characters and how Zane Grey described their thoughts and feelings - it was such a breath of fresh air from modern literature. Feelings and emotions were pure ... Read full review

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Vaguely pornographic in its blatant sensuality. A classic pulp Western that pits a religious Mormon woman against a hardened brute of animal magnetism. A ranger falls in love with the apparent ex- of ... Read full review

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Page 338 - The fame of the pine lured a young engineer through Kentucky to catch the trail, and when he finally climbed to its shelter he found not only the pine but the foot-prints of a girl. And the girl proved to be lovely, piquant, and the trail of these girlish foot-prints led the young engineer a madder chase than "the trail of the lonesome pine.
Page 338 - little shepherd" did not know who he was nor whence he came — he had just wandered from door to door since early childhood, seeking shelter with kindly mountaineers who...
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Page 7 - Jane Withersteen loved that wild and purple wilderness. In times of sorrow it had been her strength, in happiness its beauty was her continual delight. In her extremity she found herself murmuring, "Whence cometh my help!

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