|Rider of Lost Creek, the (1976) [Novel]|
by Louis L'Amour
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A pair of cattlemen are at war over a water hole occupied by Mort Davis and a mystery man is stirring up trouble between them in an attempt to claim both their ranches. Davis calls upon Kilkenny to help him convince the two men that they are pawns in a bigger game. Lance Kilkenny has the reputation of being the fastest gun in the West, that once there is a gunfight he leaves the district right after it is over, and that very little is known about him, even what he looks like. One day some time back Mort Davis saved Kilkenny's life after he was shot up and now Davis has sent out word that he needs Kilkenny's help. Mort has filed a claim on a water hole near Lost Creek in the Live Oak country. The district is dominated by two wealthy cattlemen, Webb Steele and Chet Lord, and both are at loggerheads, each one claiming for himself the water hole that David occupies. There is a mystery man who has a secret cabin in Apple Canon just above the saloon operated by Nina Riordan and her bodyguard, Jamie Brigo. It is this man who is responsible for stirring up the trouble between Steele and Lord, figuring they will kill each other off so he can claim both their ranches. There is also a mad-dog killer loose in the district and there have been a number of murders over the years. Kilkenny enters the fracas, meets and falls in love with Nita, and then works to get Steele and Lord to realize that they are pawns in a bigger game.
Original title: The Rider of Lost Creek
Genre: Fiction→ Western→ Bad Men and Good
Fiction→ Western→ Range Wars