Big Medicine by Louis L'Amour

By Louis L'Amour

A brief novel and 3 tales, restored to their unique journal versions.

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Gun in hand he walked around the corner of the corral. Beyond a pile of poles he saw Blue Riddle pulling himself off the ground. ” Dusty demanded. “Bender an’ McQuill. They gave me my walkin’ papers. Said I’d been in town too long, which didn’t bother Lowe none till I took up with you. ” He staggered erect, holding a hand to his head. ” Barron’s eyes narrowed. ” He looked at Riddle. ” Riddle said. ” “You go ahead,” Riddle replied. ” Dusty glanced back over his shoulder as he left and saw Blue Riddle hiking toward the Indian huts that clustered outside of Pie Town.

The first story he published in 1946, the year of his discharge, was a Western, “Law of the Desert Born” in Dime Western (4/46). A call to Leo Margulies resulted in L’Amour’s agreeing to write Western stories for the various Western pulp magazines published by Standard Magazines, a third of which appeared under the byline Jim Mayo, the name of a character in L’Amour’s earlier adventure fiction. The proposal for L’Amour to write new Hopalong Cassidy novels came from Margulies who wanted to launch Hopalong Cassidy’s Western Magazine to take advantage of the popularity William Boyd’s old films and new television series were enjoying with a new generation.

When the cabin was up and there was plenty of meat on hand, he got his gear in shape. Then he carefully oiled and cleaned his guns. Ruth noticed them, and her face paled a little. ” she asked quickly. “I don’t want you to. ” “Forget it,” he interrupted. ” He explained about the killing of Dan Hickman and the long-standing feud between the families. He left at daybreak. In his pocket he carried the leather wallet containing the agreement Roger Grant had made with Dick Lowe. It was a good day’s ride from Gallo Gap to Aimless Creek, where Dusty camped the first night.

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