Silver Creek (Avalon Western) (英語) ハードカバー – 2003/6/1
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SILVER CREEK by A. H. Holt is an old fashioned western with a little mystery, a little romance and lots of fast-paced action.
The story takes place in the beautiful Arizona Mountains, south of Flagstaff. SILVER CREEK is published in hardcover, with archival paper and library binding.
Anne Haw Holt was born in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from Piedmont Community College in Charlottesville in 1987 and Mary Baldwin College in Staunton in 1989. Anne completed her Masters degree in Historical Administration and Public History and is now a candidate for a doctorate in History at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Anne's daily activities include writing stories, articles and poems mixed with reading and searching for books about western America. She is also doing research and writing her thesis on the development of the Florida Prison System. Anne lives in Tallahassee with her high school sweetheart Bob Webb, and spends her leisure time collecting books and enjoying her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
On his way back home, a bully in an extremely poor town picks a fight with John. He kills the bully, and is shot and injured in the getaway. He is found on Blaine land, unconscious, by Andy Blaine, who brings him to an isolated cabin, and nurses him back to health. John doesn't think to ask, and Andy takes a while to tell him that "Andy" is short for "Andrea."
John and Russ have a long talk about recent events; John offers to ask around town to see if he can find out what's going on. The general consensus is that Mason Garrett will certainly push hard to get what he wants, but he is not capable of murder and cattle rustling. However, Garrett's new foreman, Rafe Willis, is certainly capable of such things. John sneaks on to his father's ranch, and finds the bunkhouse full of the Old West equivalent of street punks. Soon after, the long-expected attack is made against the Blaine ranch. Willis aims to take over Blaine's land any way he can, including forcing Andrea into marriage.
The author, a grandmother and graduate student in Florida, does a fine job from start to finish. It fells like she has spent time on a ranch and knows her way around the world of cowboys. This easy to read novel is not just for lovers of westerns.