I for one like Westerns. I like them snappy, short and hardboiled. Lots of
paperback Westerns in the fifties and sixties were exactly that. (I also
like writers like Conrad Richter and Walter Van Tilburg Clark. One could
argue that Van Tilburg Clark's novels are noir - namely THE TRACK OF THE CAT
and THE OX-BOW INCIDENT.)
Louis L'Amour is one writer I've never cared for. He wrote pretty good
action sentences, but his plots lack coherence and his characters are not
very well drawn.
I think we've had discussion on hardboiled Westerns quite many a time. James
Reasoner wrote about noir Westerns on his blog and there was an article
based on his observations on the Black Horse Westerns site.
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