Boss of the Diamond-O by the late English author Gordon Landsborough, a prolific and pioneering multi-genre pulp fiction writer and publisher, is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.
This was originally published in 1962 by Brown Watson Ltd using the pseudonym Alan Holmes and was later reprinted by Sabre as part of their Sabre Westerns line.
The story stars a man who inherits a large horse ranch in Nevada, and finds that extensive land ownership carries certain troubles as a deadly determined developer seeks to build a nearby dam, which apparently they combat by triggering a fake goldrush to steal attention and workers away, which in turn leads to a potentially fatal escalation of hostilities.
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Gold makes monsters of men…
Alan Tring’s murdered father left him in charge of one of the largest horse ranches in Nevada.
But no one told him that inheriting a Kingdom this size would not only bring wealth, but with a whole other set of troubles.
Luckily, Alan can count on the loyalty of the trusty Diamond-O outfit – Shiner, his childhood companion, the range boss Tex Broome and his father’s right-hand man, Old ‘desert rat’ Timothy.
When a developer from the East by the name of O’Dale shows up with plans to build a dam, Alan and his outfit react in the way they know how – with cunning and a whole lot of lead.
But O’Dale has his own supporters and Trigger Anson is not a man to be messed with.
A plan is quickly formed and Old Timothy lays claim to a heap of gold ore in the Red Desert.
Soon, the gold-fevered residents of Virginia City and the workers of O’Dale’s dam are all rushing there to make their fortune.
Alan appears to have beaten the Easterner this time – but for how long?
Chaos and disorder soon descend and when the Diamond-O horses start to disappear and a worker shows up dead, the real trouble begins.
The outfits’ foray into the desert, in search of the horse thieves, prompts a meeting with a certain Miss Maureen Murphey.
But are those enchanting blue eyes hiding something?
It seems Alan and the rest of the Diamond-O team must rely on more than their fast gun-hands if they are to apprehend the thieves.
Will they catch them? Or is Alan not cut out to be the Boss of the Diamond O?