The Fighting Blacksmith by the late British author S. J. Bounds, a prolific multi-genre author whose influence has been honoured by the creation of the British Fantasy Awards’ Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award, is his vintage western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.
This was originally published in 1953 by Western Library under the title Outlaw Buttes using the pseudonym James Marshal and was later reprinted by Robert Hale under its current title as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Richard Daniels. The story stars a town blacksmith who finds himself trying to take on a devious cattle rustling gang single-handed after getting involved in a dispute between local ranchers and the rustlers, in an attempt to impress one rancher’s beautiful daughter.
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Whatever it takes…
When rustlers menace peaceful Horseshoe Bend, rancher John Bolton demands drastic action, with gun or rope.
Having had over a score of prize-winning cattle stolen and a ransom note pinned to his door from the notorious criminal Peregrine, Bolton calls for an emergency meeting with the other key ranchers in the valley.
Duffy, Jeffers and Corliss – a newcomer to the town – rally together to help Bolton protect his herd, unaware that Peregrine and his outlaws plan to target a different ranch in every raid.
Soon it becomes clear that there is a traitor in their midst communicating the guard plans to the enemy and suspicion threatens to destroy the ranchers’ defence.
This looks like an ideal opportunity for the town’s brawny blacksmith, Lief Anderson, to impress Bolton’s lovely daughter Ellen and he insists on joining the ranchers’ efforts.
But it wasn’t going to be that easy, for Lief couldn’t even fire a gun let alone shoot a rustler!
Lief struggles on, aided by range detective Slim, and despite being accused of rustling himself he finally discovers the identity of the gang’s leaders.
Risking everything for the security of the woman he loves, Lief attempts to take on the rustlers single-handedly and defies everyone’s expectations of the lowly blacksmith.
That was only the beginning, though, and it was not until more treachery and the sound of gunfire had died down that Lief’s fate, and that of the whole valley, would be decided.