Speedy is a young man known as a loafer, a drifter, and a tramp. He doesn't use a gun but he is certainly considered one of the most dangerous men in the West....
|Title||:||Wheel of Fortune: A Western Trio|
|Number of Pages||:||287 Pages|
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Wheel of Fortune: A Western Trio Reviews
Some good short Westerns in this collection from Max Brand. In the first story, "Chick's Fall," Sheriff Chick Marvin is driven to help a desperate family member by taking a bribe to release a prisoner—fully intending to go after the criminal again and sacrifice himself, if need be, to repair the wrong he has done. Strong characters and motivations, as in the best Brand stories, and the love interest is appealingly down-to-earth and natural.The second story, "Wheel of Fortune," is the showpiece of the collection. It's a Christmas story, told from the perspective of Anthony Hazzard, a miser to end all misers. Brand does a marvelous job of making a really despicable character entertaining, getting completely inside Anthony's head as he comfortably and logically reasons out why his tight-fisted ways are the best and all other men are fools. On Christmas Eve, Anthony finds a young man half-frozen in the snow and recognizes him as escaped convict Harry Fortune. He rescues him and takes him home, intending to turn him in for the reward, but both Harry Fortune and Anthony's warm-hearted niece mistake his action for one of kindness. As Anthony cunningly manuevers so as to realize the largest profit possible for his planned betrayal, the story develops as an ironic play on the Christmas Carol-style "reformation"— much to his own bewilderment and frustration, every one of Anthony's selfish acts is somehow misinterpreted by everyone else as more kindness and benevolence!The details of the final story, "Speedy's Bargain," have escaped my memory in the time since I read it, but I believe it was a good one as Speedy stories go. By definition they're all in the more fanciful vein. The first two stories were certainly my favorites of this trio.
Great fun readingI don't normally read western stories, but this book has made me a fan. Going now to get another book. Oh. These are cast reads all three stories.