Rails West by Logan Stewart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Logan Stewart is a pseduonym of Les Savage Jr., a notable and prolific writer of pulp western stories and novels. This novel is 160 pages of Gold Medal goodness telling the story of Scott Walker. a civil war soldier, presumed dead, searching for his family only to find them robbed of their land, his father driven insane with vengeance, and his girlfriend married to his brutal brother. A shoot out with the land baron sends the family on the run as outlaws. Scott, who is separated from the rest, gets work building the rails going west before becoming sheriff of the last boom town on the rail line, where his family, the rowdy rail workers, and the land swindlers all come together for an explosive climax. A fast moving and very entertaining read.