This trio of tales captures Western adventure at its best:
Tappan’s Burro, by Zane Grey
In this story, a close-knit bond between Tappan and his burro drives this story of a gold prospector and his burro forging their way through grave peril in the American West. Usually, it is Tappan’s trusted burro, Jenet, that uses her keen abilities as a guide to get him out of trouble. Tappan is a wanderer and a dreamer, and his devotion to his burro will be tested.
Jargan, by Max Brand
Jargan can afford to spend much time sleeping in a lavish hotel room in the West because he is a legend in Big Horn when it comes to gambling and making a living off of his winnings. One day, Jargan sees some suspicious activity, and ultimately finds himself stumbling into an adventure to help a sick man recover his wealth.
The Trail to Crazy Man, by Louis L’Amour
Shanghaied on a ship, Rafe Caradec meets and befriends cattleman Charles Rodney who eventually succumbs to the harsh conditions of the ship, but before Rodney dies, he requests that Caradec protect his family and make sure that his ranch doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. After working with some of his shipmates to conduct a mutiny, Rafe sets out for the Western frontier where his mettle will be tested.
These three classic short novels show what great storytellers of the American West that Zane Grey, Max Brand and Louis L’Amour are and why it is easy to imagine their stories making good movies.