Heading West: Western Stories

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G.K. Hall, 1999 - Fiction - 277 pages
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Noel M. Loomis was a truly fine storyteller whose fiction, as Bill Pronzini observes, has "a lean, reportorial quality that provides intense realism without crossing the line into sensationalism". The nine stories collected here demonstrate his versatility, his broad range of interests, his emphasis on historical accuracy, and his objective realism, while differing widely in setting, period, character, and tone. Included are a Spur Award-winning story about an old Comanche warrior nearing his dying time, and a railroad-building tale set in Mexico featuring a John Henryesque character named Blue Buckley.

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Bill Pronzini, Bill Pronzini is best known for his creation of the "Nameless" mystery novels, as well as several westerns and novels of dark suspense. He has been a full time professional writer since 1969, publishing more than fifty novels and six collections of short stories. Pronzini has won 3 Shamus Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award form the Private Eye Mystery Writers of America. He has also received six nominations for the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award. His book "Snowbound" received the Grand Prix de la Litterature Policiere, as the best crime novel published in France in 1988. "Wasteland of Strangers" was nominated for Best Crime Novel in 1997 by both the Mystery Writers of America and the International Crime Writers Association. Pronzini has established himself as a master of the Western novel as well as earning a name for himself in the dark fiction genre.

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