Killers of Red Canyon

By Hank McCoy (Reginald Alec Martin)
First Published 1949 by Werner Laurie

The first 'Western' novel in the series featuring Larry 'Hunch' Hoyden.

First edition wrapper. Click to enlarge and see full picture
First edition dustwrapper
Werner laurie 1949
Here is a rich, blood-stirring tale, with the sun-scorched Prairies and the sombre depths of Canyons as its background.

In the thunder of the horses hooves, in the bitter tang of hot dust and burned cordite the story races on. The sharp-shooting Larry "Hunch" Hoyden and his pardners Gabby and Pins join the Crazy "T" Ranch, and from then on they fight with blazing guns to discover the secret which lurks deep in the mysterious reaches of Red Canyon. What is it down there that forces sherrif's deputies to turn crooked and outlaws to murder without provocation ?

With all the traditional colour and romance of the West, this book fires the imagination and cannot be laid aside. It is an adventurous, action-packed picture, and like such epic stories as 'Boom Town' and 'Dodge City' it bears the authentic touch which makes it come alive.


First edition:
Werner Laurie 1949:
Hardback with dustwrapper; grey cloth with gilt blocking; no logo; 130x190mm; 203 pages; not illustrated; cover not credited; front flap of dustwrapper has the 'blurb' reproduced above; cover price 7/6 net.

Cheap Edition c.1951:
The dustwrapper of Claws of the Cougar by Scott Martin (another pen-name of R.A.M.) published in 1951 advertises Killers of Red Canyon in a 'Cheap edition' at 5s. net; as does the dustwrapper of the first edition of Sonora Trail.

Shakespeare Head, Australia, 1951:
in Western Monthly magazine, issue No. 42, April 1951
The main story in this issue of the cheap 'pulp' magazine. With a new cover illustration; cover price '1/3'.
The cover of the magazine can be seen on the Galactic Central site on the page devoted to this magazine via this link.

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Last updated 26th May 2013