When doing research last year on my Grandma Mabel’s sister Mary I discovered that Mary’s husband Harold had written and published a western novel. Of course, right away I ordered the book on ebay but I hadn’t had time to read it until recently.
Kid Mallory was published in 1981 with the lead in; “Hell broke loose when he faced a gang of killers in the showdown at the Circle 8.”
It is a typical western. The good guy chases the bad guy(s) and there is a shootout where the good guy wins. Sometimes the good guy gets hurt in the chase and meets a beautiful young lady. All this happens in Kid Mallory. Throw in a little conspiracy and honor and overall it is a worthwhile read even for those like me that aren’t usually western readers.
What amazed me while reading this book was the detail Mr. White used in talking about Kid’s surroundings. I don’t think he had any real experience with the southwest that he greatly details in his book. Harold was born and raised in Nebraska. After he married my great aunt Mary they moved to Yakima, Washington where they both lived the rest of other lives. Hal was a veterinarian by trade.