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Doom Trails a Buckeroo – Three Novelettes by Ed Earl Repp

Three novelettes by one of the most prolific masters of Pulp Westerns – Ed Earl Repp (1901–1979).

Doom Trails a Buckeroo (1941)
Men called Kirby a fool for betting his outfit against that of a border-hopping rustler, but he knew that unless he could beat Deacon Evans at his own crooked game, there was no place for him in the cow country.

CHAPTER I  ROUNDUP REQUIEM
CHAPTER II  A COWARD BOSS FOR BAR L SLASH
CHAPTER III  BLOOD CANCELS A DEBT
CHAPTER IV  KILLER STRIPES
CHAPTER V  A BET IS PAID IN HELL”

Hurricane Hellion (1943)
Would that half of a copper plate engraved with the secret of a fortune in gold mean peace and prosperity to the strange youth and the gigantic rancher-or would it mean grim bushwack death?

Killers’ Cattle-Drive (1945)
When Tom Lincoln finally found the scarfaced murderer he had sought so long, he knew that the cards were stacked against him, and instead of roaring Dodge City at trail’s end, he’d meet the same bitter fate as had his cowman dad-a bullet in the back from a gunman no one could kill!

Chapter I  DEATH TRAIL
Chapter II  CAMP OF THE DAMNED
Chapter III  FIST MEDICINE
Chapter IV  FLIGHT FROM HELLTOWN
Chapter V  THE WOLF PACK FIGHTS
Chapter VI  TRAIL’S END

Excerpt

Killers’ Cattle Drive

Chapter I

DEATH TRAIL

SIXTEEN hours of heat and dust and the constant bawling of thirsty cattle lay behind the TL trail crew. Tin plates were heaped with food from the chuckwagon. Half a dozen tired punchers relaxed about the campfire, wolfing down their meal and drinking cups of scalding black Arbuckle. The day’s toil was over, though for some there would be a turn at night-herding the two thousand longhorns bedded down out there beyond the flickering shadows.

Tom Lincoln rolled up in his blanket, his pale eyes heavy with drowsiness. Now and then he could hear the low, soothing notes from Jep Shinn’s fiddle, as the waddy circled the herd and played in the darkness. Tom liked that, and in all his seventeen years he had never been more contented. This was a man’s job and he was holding his own with the best of them.

The exciting thought that this was the second TL herd heading up the Chisholm Trail this spring churned idly in his mind. Every cent that Big Tom Lincoln, his father, owned was tied up in these two drives to Dodge. And so were the savings of their neighbors.

Young Tom kept thinking about the cautious talk that had floated about the coast country. “No trail drive is safe this year. No herd will reach Dodge in one piece. Denver Devon’ll see to that!”

Excerpt From: Ed Earl Repp. “Doom Trails A Buckeroo – Three Novelettes.”

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