Hopalong Cassidy is one of the most enduring and popular
heroes in frontier fiction. His legendary exploits in books, movies, and on
television have blazed a mythic and unforgettable trail across the American
West. Now, in the last of four Hopalong Cassidy novels written by Louis L’Amour,
the immortal saddleman rides again—this time into a lonely valley of danger and
Hopalong Cassidy has received an urgent message from the
dead. Answering an urgent appeal for help from fellow cowpuncher Pete Melford,
he rides in only to discover that his old friend has been murdered and the
ranch Pete left to his niece, Cindy Blair, had vanished without a trace.
Hopalong may have arrived too late to save Pete, but his sense of loyalty and
honor demands that he find that cold-blooded killers and return to Cindy what
is rightfully hers.
Colonel Justin Tradwar, criminal kingpin of the town of
Kachina, is the owner of the sprawling Box T Ranch, and he has built his empire
with a shrewd and ruthless determination. In search of Pete’s killers and Cindy’s
ranch, Hopalong signs on at the Box T ranch, promising to help get Tradway’s
wild cattle out of the rattler-infested brush. But in the land of mesquite and
black chaparral, Cassidy confronts a mystery as hellish as it is haunting—a
bloody trail that leads to the strange and forbidding Babylon plateau, to sixty
thousand dollars in stolen gold, and to a showdown with an outlaw who has
already cheated death once … and is determined to do it again.
Capturing the unquenchable thirst for adventure, the
passions that drove men, and the perils that awaited the, in an untamed new
land, this extraordinary early novel gives us Louis L’Amour at the height of
his powers—an enduring testament to America’s favorite storyteller.
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