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E roughest assignment of his life find that savage trigger happy hard case before he blasts apart every man in town one by bloody o. Borden ChantryBy Louis L AmourThe Chantry Series pub 1977 over 200 pagesOVERVIEWA wild west murder mystery who killed the well to do stranger in town The killer tried to make it look like a typical drunken gun duel staging the body out in the street The strangers exceptional horse was found buried in an arroyo The unlikely investigator is the new town marshal 24 year old Borden Chantry who s a born and bred cattleman Recently he lost his ranch and livestock to a big freeze The town voted him in as marshal and he accepted the job to support his wife Bess and young son TomThe previous marshal George Riggin had been murdered and his death was staged to look like an accident a rock slide He had been investigating the murder of Pin Dover a cowpuncher from Mora Soon a number of others are killed as well and shots are fired at Marshal Borden The hired gun Boone Silva arrives in town hired to end the marshal he failsThe stranger turns out to be Joe Sackett The 17 book Sackett series is another frontier collection by author Louis L Amour and concerns generations of a pioneer family originating in England and making their way west in America When Joe s brother Tyrel from the town of Mora shows up marshal Borden learns what the victims have in common They were all silenced by a man named Ford Mason who thinks he s being hunted for his past crimes In this town he owns the store and goes by the name Langdon Adams a trusted pal of Borden Chantry He s actually an army deserter bank robber stage robber and sometime ago he shot the rancher Cunningham and his daughter when they discovered his criminal legacy The Cunninghams survived and didn t press charges so no one was hunting Adams He now rides west fleeing the six murders he committed and marshal Borden is in pursuit When the marshal locates him in a saloon Adams won t go uietly forcing his former friend to end him Mostly an engaging who done it It s not clearly layed out how the marshal deduced that his pal Lang was the killer Additionally the motive for some of the five or six killings doesn t seem clearly spelled out The time period and location are vague somewhere in the wild west and after the war between the statesSome Story DetailsBorden has been a competent cattleman since the age of 11 riding herd and taking his pay in cattle to build up his own stock and brand He did recently loose his herd to the big winter freeze but so did others Hired as the law in town mostly due to his gun skills and common sense He can bring in a horsethief without firing a shot knows when not to pull his gun and arrests the occasional drunk so he can sleep it off in safety It s a peaceful town of a few hundred residents but cowboys minors and drifters from the surrounding area sometimes engage in drunken brawls knife fights and gun duels This results in a dead body occasionally found lying in the street Borden loves it here His wife Bess wants to go back east Vermont and raise their boy Tom in a violence free gun free world Borden plans to get back to cattle ranching out here in the wonderful west ASAPNow he s called upon to be a detective gathering evidence talking with suspects etc Pin Dover was first killed some time ago and the former marshal George Riggin was investigating when he too was murdered Joe was killed because the paranoid Lang thought he was being hunted by Sackett He was actually in town to give money to Mary Ann Haley sick with lungfever and needing to move to the better climate of San Diego Johnny McCoy was shot dead He had stabled Joe s horse and had something he needed to tell the marshal Ed Pearson was in his mine outside of town and was shot A booby trap bomb sealed up the entrance to the mine when marshal Borden went in He survives and Ed s dog leads him to an escape route at the back of the mine They all had some connection to Mora or maybe clues to Joe s killer It s not layed out clearly and the marshal does a lot of speculating further muddying the facts of his caseThe Chantry Book Series in Chronological OrderFair Blows the Wind 1978 Borden Chantry 1977North to the Rails 1971Over on the Dry Side 1975The Ferguson Rifle 1971

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Borden Chantry

Fair fight Then one dark grim day a mysterious gunman shot a man in cold blood Five grisly murders later Chantey was faced with th. 455Louis L Amour certainly was and still is the King of the Western genre

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The marshal's name was Borden Chantry Young lean rugged he's buried a few men in this two bit cow town every single one killed in a. A historical western murder mystery sounded really good and I wanted to snatch up Louis L amour Audio stories so it was a win winBorden Chantry the young town sheriff comes back from bringing in a horse thief only to have a dead body on his hands Everyone thinks the guy is just one of the many drunken cowboy shootings that occur on any given night but Chantry isn t convinced when little details don t jiveI enjoyed following along as Chantry whom I connected with from the first sifted through the clues to learn who the dead guy was why he came to their town and why he was killed Borden is strong and capable but he s also vulnerable He feels the pressure of providing for his wife and son after losing his stock from bad luck and weather so that he had to take the town marshal position and knowing that his wife wants to move back east because she doesn t like this rough life while this is what he knows loves and is very good at He also feels the pressure of replacing a good man who was a top notch lawman and knowing that a few doubt he s the right man for the jobThere is an interesting philosophical discussion between the judge and the town banker about the necessity of a strong man who wears a gun like Chantry knowing when and when not to use it putting his life on the line so that others can live uietly safely and at peace that felt poignant to me in the face of our own day when its very tough to be a good lawmanwoman as wellThe murder mystery was a cunning one since the dead man is unknown around the area and there is little on him to give Chantry clues Many people he talks to know than they will say and he can tell The killer thinks Chantry is getting closer than he is so he has his own near death experiences including the hiring of a paid killer to hunt Chantry down He doesn t give up and I was rooting for him when things got pretty grittyThe blend of authentic western and the murder mystery were great This is definitely a western in flavor and I enjoyed feeling right there in the moment with Chantry the town and the surrounding western frontier areaThe narrator was a first time for me with Erik Singer I found parts really good and parts moderately good I liked how he told a story and found his sense of tone and pace were really good It was some of the western accents that felt overdone Sometimes it was just right or at least in my opinion while at others it sounded thick and ponderous so I was distracted I think I got used to his way of voicing the western accent after a time because the distractedness was gone by the end of the bookAll in all I enjoyed this book and am keen to listen to of Louis L amour s westerns particularly if they include a mystery like Borden Chantry My thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “Borden Chantry

  1. says:

    An other great story of the west by the Master story teller Full review will be coming shortlyEnjoy and Be BlessedDiamond

  2. says:

    When I started this book I figured I'd enjoy it as I had the few other Louis L'Amour books I have read I didn't expect to be trying to solve the murder myself and getting worried anytime a certain character came in

  3. says:

    A historical western murder mystery sounded really good and I wanted to snatch up Louis L'amour Audio stories so it was a win winBorden Chantry the young town sheriff comes back from bringing in a horse thief only to have a dead body on his hands Everyone thinks the guy is just one of the many drunken cowboy shootings that occur on any given night but Chantry isn't convinced when little details don't jiveI enjoyed following alon

  4. says:

    455Louis L'Amour certainly was and still is the King of the Western genre

  5. says:

    Louis Lamour adds 2 things to all his west

  6. says:

    Second book in the Chantry series follows you guessed it the story of Borden ChantryHe used to be a rancher but a frost wiped out his herd and so he is now a Sherriff in a small townWith his wife and a young son they are

  7. says:

    Borden ChantryBy Louis L'AmourThe Chantry Series pub 1977 over 200 pagesOVERVIEWA wild west murder mystery who killed the well to do stranger in town? The killer tried to make it look like a typical drunken gun du

  8. says:

    Louis L'Amour is a ok book the book at first is hard to get into but once you read of it you understand it This book is filled with a western style noble This book is filled with adventure and a little bit of mystery The main characteris Chantry he is a cowboyheriff He is young lean rugged and he has buried a few men in his cow town Then one

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    Either you like traditional westerns or you don't They reflect their time racist patronizing at best towards Native Americans and women are almost always relegated to he kitchen They focus on so called tough manly adventures with h

  10. says:

    The book Borden Chantry by Louis L’amour is a thrilling murder mystery that involves a small western town of about 100 people in the late 1800’s It starts when a town Marshall randomly dies by a landslide covering him Then a man who was a cattle farmer but all of his cattle died and he was forced to move to town That man is named Borden Chantry he is then chosen to be the new town Marshall But when a man found dead i

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