The Fourth Horseman

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Center Point Pub., 2003 - Fiction - 270 pages
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It was one of the ugliest vendettas in the remembered history of the frontier -- a war between cattlemen and sheepherders. Frank Rachel rode into the Basin with nothing but a powerful desire to start his own spread. Suddenly, there was fighting all around him, and Frank Rachel was forced to call on the naked nerve he didn’t even know he possessed, to kill -- or lose everything. Based on a true story, The Fourth Horseman tells of the Peaceful Basin War – the bloodiest range war in the history of the West.

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About the author (2003)

Novelist Henry Wilson Allen wrote more than 50 novels under the pseudonyms of Will Henry and Clay Fisher. He held a variety of jobs before becoming an author including a gold miner, blacksmith, house mover, sugar mill worker, and newspaper columnist. He called himself "a man born into the wrong century," and his work shows his fascination with the history and people of the nineteenth-century American West. Whether he is writing about Jesse James as a psychotic gunman in Death of a Legend (1954), Native Americans in From Where the Sun Now Stands (1960), or the explorers Lewis and Clark in Gates of the Mountains (1963), his careful historical research is evident. He often uses such devices as the alleged discovery of old diaries or family papers to make the reader think that the book is history rather than fiction, as in No Survivors (1950). His books are solidly crafted and always of high quality. He died of pneumonia in 1991 at the age of 79.

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