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W.C. Tuttle (Wilbur Coleman Tuttle)
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1929. Tumbling River Range
1930. The Keeper of Red Horse Pass
1933. The Silver Bar Mystery
1940. The Red Head from Sun Dog
1946. The Trouble Trailer
1959. Silver Buckshot
1960. Dynamite Days
1962. Diamond Hitch
1964. Double Trouble
1978. Red Trail of a Forty-One
1964. Valley of Suspicion

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W. C Tuttle is famous for his western novels featuring Hashknife Hartley and Sleepy Stevens (just two of many characters he put down on page). He enjoyed writing (naturally!) and after a long evening's work, would sit back and tell of the things that happened in the old cowtowns and describe the people he had met.

W.C Tuttle rode into the sunset in 1969 in his 82nd year

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Tuttle, W.C. 'Tumbling River Range', published by Collins in 1935 (9th printing) in their Wild West Club series, 254pp, blue cloth hardcover. Sorry, out of stock, but click image to access prebuilt Amazon search for this title!
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  • Tumbling River Range [top]
    First published in 1929, June in Great Britain by Collins
    Reprinted August 1929, July 1930, April 1931, Sept.1931, May 1932, March 1933, April 1934, April, 1935
    Reprinted on September 10, 2010 by Kessinger Publishing in paperback, 252pp, ISBN 1162800437

    Reprinted on October 27, 2013 by Literary Licensing in hardback, 252pp, ISBN 1258967103

Storyline: Joe Rich is found by his best man drunk and incapable in the Arapaho bar on the evening of his wedding. The ceremony is accordingly abandoned. Joe resigns his post as sherriff, says good-bye to his intended bride, Peggy Wheeler, and rides off from Pinnacle City. Jim Wheeler, Peggy's father, is subsequently found dead, apparently having slipped from the saddle on a rough track; his money is missing, and Joe was the last person seen in his company. Is his death more than accidental? An unknown horseman, to all appearances a fugitive, blunders into Hashknife and Sleepy, who need no introduction to "Wild West" readers, as they struggle towards shelter in a rainstorm. Who was this mystery rider of the night? Was it Joe Rich?

Tuttle, W. C. 'The Keeper of Red Horse Pass', published in Great Britain in November 1932 in hardback with dustjacket, 252pp, no ISBN. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access a prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
1932, William Collins Sons & Co., hbk
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  • The Keeper of Red Horse Pass [top]
    First published in October, 1930
    Second impression published in December, 1930
    Third impression published in October, 1931
    Fourth impression published in November, 1931
    Fifth impression published in July, 1932
    Sixth impression published
    in 1932 in Great Britain by William Collins Sons in hardback with dustjacket, 252pp
    Published in 1948 by the World Publishing Co.
    Published on February 4, 1992 in Great Britain by Chivers Large Print in hardback, 256pp, ISBN 0745145116

Contents:
1. Take-A-Chance Kendall
2. Sheep-Flood
3. The Mortgaged Valley
4. Cultus Comes Trailing
5. Uncle Jimmy Gets the Low-Down
6. Cultus Meets the Folk
7. Blaze Interrupts A Lady
8. "The Gittinest Son-of-a-Gun!"
9. Cultus Cracks A Ten-Minute Egg
10. Misbranded
11. The Gun on the Window Sill
12. Cultus Swings A Mean Gun
13. Tightening Ropes
14. Bad News Gets Up Speed
15. Looting and Death
16. Bullets and Blazes
17. The Canyon of Death
18. Just "Bad News" Hennery Buker
19. 'Twixt Sky and Death
20. Evidence
21. A Running-Fool Horse
22. Barter and Double-Cross
23. Thoroughbred
24. The Man Who Played 'Possum
25. Clean Slate

 
Tuttle, W. C. 'The Silver Bar Mystery', published in 1933 in Great Britain by William Collins Sons & Co Ltd in hardback, 252pp, no ISBN. Condition: good, no dustjacket, and has age spotting on page edges and occasionally on a page itself. A very decent copy. Price: £20.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1933, William Collins Sons & Co., hbk

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  • The Silver Bar Mystery [top]
    First published in 1933 in the United States by Houghton Mifflin Company in hardback with dustjacket
    First published in 1933 (although book is undated) in Great Britain by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. in hardback with dustjacket, 352pp, no ISBN

Storyline: Goober Glendon and his partner Johnny Wells had ridden into Silver BAr and put up for the night. Their destination was a range twenty miles north-west. "The West ain't nothing like what she was," Goober had remarked. But before nightfall, they had no reason to complain of lack of excitement. Sheriff Nolan suddenly burst in upon them with the news that young Hal Austin had just shot a fellow cow-puncher, Jigger Slade, and in a moment the partners are caught up in a tangled mystery of the Modern West

Chapters:
1. Shooting Scrape
2. A Warm Welcome
3. In the Border Town
4. "Shot in the Back"
5. A Strange Tangle
6. Cal Sands, Fixer
7. Trouble Roosts at the Star A
8. Night Ambush
9. Mexican Blackmail
10. Suspects
11. Out of the Frying Pan
12. Inquiries
13. Conflicting Conspiracies
14. Kidnapped
15. On the Canon Run
16. "Coincidence Poker"
17. Mendez Shows His Teeth
18. Guarded by Yaquis
19. Gathering Storm
20. A Fog of Gun Smoke
21. Mendez's Surprise
22. The Fiesta in Pinon

Tuttle, W. C. 'The Red Head From Sun Dog', published in 1940 in Great Britain in hardback (red cloth boards with black titling), 252pp. Condition: Good with marks and wear to the cover, particularly the edges, as you'd expect with a book of this age. Internal pages are mildly tanned (browning effect from ageing). Price: £30.00 due to rarity, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1940, Collins Sons & Co, hbk. 1st Edition
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  • The Red Head From Sun Dog [top]
    First published in 1940 in Great Britain by Collins in hardback with dustjacket, 252pp

    Reprinted in 2012 in the United States by Centerpoint in paperback, 286pp, ISBN 1611735912

Storyline/Synopsis: Brick Davidson, the sheriff of Sun Dog City, had just pronounced on Silent Slade, his friend, a verdict of "Guilty" - the death sentence for murder - although he was convinced that Silent was as innocent as he was himself. Scotty McKee had been found by his daughter Juanita shot in his home, and circumstantial evidence certainly convicted Silent Slade, Juanita's lover. Imagine the astonishment of the citizens when they awoke the next morning to find that Slade had escaped from the condemned cell and that the bars had been filed through from the outside! Davidson had released his friend - but he was not the man to let it stand at that. He had yet to satisfy justice and run to earth the real murderer of McKee

Chapters:
1. The Redhead Sets A Precedent
2. Jim Breen
3. Brick Horns In On A Conference
4. Silent Slade, Outlaw
5. Gomez Springs
6. The Abelardos Call Upon Brick
7. Maxwell Talks
8. Breen Makes Another Play
9. The Picos Discuss Dell Harper
10. Brick Makes A Discovery
11. Gomez Gets His Orders
12. Silent Warns The Rancho Del Rosa
13. The Picos Play A Hunch
14. Breen's Rancho
15. Brick on the Prod
16. Breen Confesses

Tuttle, W. C. 'The Trouble Trailer', published in November 1971 in Great Britain by Collins in hardback, 160pp, ISBN 0002477971. Condition: acceptable or fair ex-library copy with mild tanning, library stamps, wear to the dustjacket cover and tanning or foxing to internal pages. Price: £9.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1971, Collins, hbk
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  • The Trouble Trailer [top]
    First published in October 1946 in Great Britain by Collins in hardback with dustjacket
    Reprinted in August 1949 in Great Britain by Collins in hardback with dustjacket
    Reprinted in November 1971 in Great Britain by Collins in hardback with dustjacket, 160pp, ISBN 0002477971. Original price when first sold: 55p net

Storyline: The "trouble trailer" was what Sleepy Stevens called his friend Hashknife in a moment of exasperation. Sleepy wanted-or pretended he wanted - to hurry away from the troubled atmosphere of Bitter River country. But so many strange and tragic things were happening there that Hashknife just couldn't keep his big nose out of the mess. The trail led to trouble enough, and was destined to take these two famous Western characters right into the midst of the struggle between the sheep men and the men on the cattle range.

"Got another job for you," Sheriff Humboldt said to his deputy, Art Ingram. "Guess you'll have to ride out to the Slash B and serve another assault-and-battery warrant on Mike Riley. Old man Harper...I guess Riley beat him up pretty bad."
"Jess Harper is a good man," Art Ingram said coldly. "Lee Benson and Riley are pushing him and a lot of other old-timers too damned hard, and I don't like it."
All trace of cordiality vanished from the Sheriff's face, and he said grimly, "I'm afraid you'll have to keep your personal feelings out of this, Art. Lee Benson is a big man in this county - a bigger man than even Otto Beck." This was the clashing of loyalties which Ingram had seen in the making for some time. Otto Beck, sometime owner of the Slash B, for whom both Art and the Sheriff had worked for years before he had sold out to the Easterner, Lee Benson, had long been the political boss of the county, serving as chairman of the Board of Commissioners. Art had been proud to serve under both Beck and Sheriff Humboldt, but now it seemed that Humboldt had transferred his loyalty along with the sale of the ranch. For a moment Art was tempted to tear the badge from his vest and fling it on the sheriff's desk, but he couldn't bring himself to break completely with his old friend. Besides, there were honest men in the county who depended on him to protect their interests....

Tuttle, W. C. 'Silver Buckshot', published in 1964 in paperback by Fontana Books, 192pp, no ISBN. Condition: good, but the internal pages are slightly tanned with age and the cover is a touch worn in places, particularly the edges. Price: £7.75, not including post and packing, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1964, Fontana Books, pbk
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  • Silver Buckshot [top]
    First published in 1959
    Reprinted in 1964 in Great Britain by Fontana Books in paperback, 192pp, no ISBN. Originally priced at 2'6

Storyline: Tiger Smith killed his wife and made off with her 50,000 dollars. He fought like a maniac when arrested and shot and killed two officers. After serving part of a life sentence, he broke jail, crippling two guards. Recaptured, he served two years in solitary confinement. Then he killed a prison guard and escaped...only to be dragged down in a swamp, where he finally committed suicide. The case of Tiger Smith was now closed......

And that's where this story begins!

 
Tuttle, W. C. 'Dynamite Days', published in 1960 in Great Britain by Collins in hardback with dustjacket, 192pp, no ISBN. Condition: fair, acceptable - is ex-library, has damage to the dustjacket, the pages have slight tanning and there's a library stamp and readers' initials on the introductory title page. Pages 29-31 are fixed into the book with sellotape. Price: £10.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1960, Collins, hbk
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  • Dynamite Days [top]
    First published in 1960 in Great Britain by Collins in hardback with dustjacket, 192pp, no ISBN

Storyline: Twelve sticks of dynamite on a short fuse blew Steve Kane out of a Mexican Jail to freedom. He wasted no time in tracking down the men who framed the charges that had put him there. Joe East and his men at the Quarter Circle JHE range wanted the outfit which Mary Macrae had inherited after the "suicide" of her father, Steve's boss. Only Steve had stood between East and his ambition - and now he was free to fight back

 
Tuttle, W. C. 'Diamond Hitch', published in 1962 by Collins, 160pp, no dustjacket. Condition:  Price:
1962, Collins Western
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  • Diamond Hitch [top]
    First published in 1962 in Great Britain by Collins in their Collins Western series, hardback, 160pp, no ISBN

    Published in 1965 in Great Britain by Fontana in paperback, No. 1120 in their series
    Published in June, 1972 in Great Britain in hardback, 160pp
    Published on August 22, 1974 in Great Britain by HarperCollins in paperback, 160pp, ISBN 0006135501

Story: The Saint is a huge bull of a man with a mane of white hair and eyes as hard as granite. Owner of the Silver Standard gambling saloon and the vast S Bar S ranch, he's reckoned the most powerful man in Rimrock City, and a mean one to quarrel with. When the Travis family, owning a small neighbouring ranch, strike an artesian well which takes water from the S Bar S, the Saint starts a bitter feud with them. Their cattle and horses start disappearing and when a detective is sent to investigate the rustling, he is found dead. Always with a nose for trouble, Hashknife turns up in Rimrock City, to sort things out, only to find three more men shot dead. But the more the evidence points to the Saint as responsible for the killings, the less sure Hashknife is that he's after the right man

Tuttle, W. C. 'Double Trouble', published in 1974 (reprint of 1964 edition) by Collins in hardback with dustjacket, 160pp, ISBN 0002471531. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon
1974, Collins (A Collins Western)
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  • Double Trouble [top]
    First published in 1964 in Great Britain by Collins in hardback with dustjacket, 160pp
    Reprinted in 1974 in Great Britain by Collins in hardback with dustjacket, 160pp, ISBN 0002471531. Original UK retail price: £0.95 net

Story: Lonesome was six feet five inches in his socks. His face was long and bony, with pouchy eyes, a crooked nose and a wide thin-lipped mouth. He was Deputy Sherriff of Red Rock-a job that allowed him to take things easy in a saloon off the main street, until the day when Whizzer Lee met Johnny Bell. For these two young men spelt double trouble-for each other, for Lonesome, for the town's shifty banker and for certain hard types from the Z Bar 8 ranch. It is not long before Lee's reckless nature and Bell's ready fists land them the wrong side of the law, and then we have a tough and clever Western in the best W. C. Tuttle tradition with Lonesome's gun out in a thrilling climax...

Tuttle, W. C. 'Red Trail of a Forty-One', published in 1978 by Robert Hale, London, in hardback, with dustjacket, 160pp, ISBN 0709166702. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon
1978. Robert Hale
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  • Red Trail of a Forty-One [top]
    First published in 1978 in Great Britain by Robert Hale, London, in hardback with dustjacket, 160pp, ISBN 0709166702 . Copyright 1978, Gene Tuttle (W.C. Tuttle's son). Original UK retail price: £3.25 net.

Story: Sent to San Miguel in the Lobo Valley to investigate, at the request of the Cattlemen's Association, the murder of a cattle detective who had been on the trail of rustled cattle, one-time range detectives Hashknife Hartley and Sleepy Stevens find themselves embroiled in a whole series of mystery killings. Al Thompson, the cattle detective, has been gunned down by an unmarked bullet; but after that, four seemingly harmless and upright citizens have been killed with bullets marked with numbers: 1 for the first, 2 for the second, and so on up to four.

Hashknife pokes around, noting minor yet important details, asking apparently pointless questions and piecing together the bits of the jigsaw. There seem at first to be many pieces missing. But at last Hashknife and Sleepy have the whole picture complete.

Tuttle, W.C. Valley of Suspicion, Collins Western, 1964, 160 pages. Orangey-yellow cloth hardcover (no dustjacket), 1st Edition. £12.64 (includes Amazon's standard £2.75 UK p&p charge which will differ for international orders)
1964, Collins Western, hbk
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Story: A huge moon silvered the cottonwoods around the house, and his black shadow seemed to climb up and over the ranch-house ahead of him as Haven came home after midnight. He was worried, and he had reason to be. Twenty-five years before, he and his partners had run Daniel O'Shane out of Turquoise Valley for mis-branding cattle. Now O'Shane is rich and powerful-farming sheep in the neighbourhood country-but he has not forgotten his ex-partners in Turquoise Valley, and so it happens that Hashknife Hartley and Sleepy Stevens ride up to the valley one afternoon...

 



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