Ride a Westward Wind

by Marc Haws



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/5/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 296
ISBN : 9781665521161
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 296
ISBN : 9781665521147
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 296
ISBN : 9781665521154

About the Book

This is a fun-read western, but it is not pulp fiction. It’s a classic human conflict in a western setting, with serious philosophical issues. Think of “The Ox-Bow Incident,” the classic novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, but as readable as a Louis L’Amour western. A young man finds himself an outsider among the rough hands of a western ranch in Idaho during the Great Depression. An impassable rift between the kid and the cowboys happens on a scorching hot day in August, when men’s tempers are boiling. The kid’s working partner that day is violently killed when he impulsively and violently confronts a vagrant believed to be trespassing across the ranch. Critical events during the seconds leading to the cowboy’s violent death are not clear. Unable to save his friend, the kid rides for help and a posse forms. The kid believes the cowboy’s provocation led to his own death. But the ranch hands in the posse are convinced the tramp caused the death, so they insist on hanging him. Serious issues beset the kid and the ranch during the three difficult days after the death. The personal conflicts will be man-making for the young cowboy. The question is whether the posse will reflect and deal with its conflicts in a civilized way.

About the Author

Marc Haws is an Idaho rancher, with a unique background. As a young man, he earned a doctoral degree in modern language and literature from a major university, then earned his law degree from another major university. He had a courtroom career of more than forty years as a prosecutor at the state and federal levels, while he has also taught as an adjunct professor at various colleges. Family, horses, writing, and argument are his passions. He has also raised seven kids. These unusual credentials uniquely qualify him to write about the conflicts of a young man growing into manhood on a ranch, and the legal and moral conflicts of a rough posse of cowboys wanting to hang a man.