Riders of the Silences- Max Brand, Frederick Schiller Faust
In an entertaining horse opera, Riders of the Silences, Max Brand is telling of the Legend of Red Pierre La Rouge and the phantom gunfighter, McGurk. In Canada, a young man Pierre is raised as an orphan, until he receives a letter from the American father he never knew existed. Pierre's father is dying, and so the young man goes to see him and, to give him the burial no one else will, and in the end, to avenge his death. To achieve his goals, Pierre takes up with a gang of outlaws, including Jacqueline Boone, a woman who dresses and acts like a man and calls herself Jack. In Crossroads, Brand continues the saga of his finest heroine, Jacqueline Boone – Jack, as she encounters notorious gunslinger Dix Van Dyck. After strangling sheriff's brother in self-defense, Dix is forced to run to a distant place of Double Bend, where he finds out just how much trouble Jacqueline Boone will bring him. Frederick Schiller Faust (1892-1944) was an American author known primarily for his thoughtful and literary Westerns under the pen name Max Brand. Prolific in many genres he wrote historical novels, detective mysteries, pulp fiction stories and many more. Many of his stories would later inspire films.