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The High Graders (1965)

by Louis L'Amour

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Fiction. Western. Thriller. Historical Fiction. The story was that Eli Patterson had died in a gunfight, but Mike Shevlin knew it couldn’t be true: the man who’d been like a father to him had been a Quaker. But when Shevlin rides back to Rafter Crossing to uncover the truth, he finds that the quiet ranching community has become a booming mining town. Newfound wealth has not made Rafter a peaceful place, however, and the smell of fear and greed is thick in the air. As Mike Shevlin tries to unravel the mystery of Patterson’s death, he is led deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that controls not only the fate of Rafter Crossing but the heart of a beautiful but tormented young woman—and Shevlin’s own destiny.… (more)
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Just an average L'Amour. The concept of high-grading was interesting, although I was skeptical about the whole town being basically on the take. All the factions were a little confusing. But it was a nice change from the typical cowboy story, with a focus on mining. ( )
  TheGalaxyGirl | Jul 13, 2023 |
A story of mining, cattle, and how easy it is to look the other way when there's gold for the taking. Good read, better than average L'Amour. ( )
  fuzzi | Mar 11, 2023 |
Mike Shevlin returns to Rafter Crossing to find out who murdered his friend, Eli Patterson. Soon he is trying to stay out of the fight between the miners and the cattlemen as he tries to figure out how Ben Stowe is going to move the gold he is stealing from the mine he manages.

Initially Shevlin is distrusted by everyone but as his honesty becomes evident, men and women swing to his side as he heads into a showdown with Stowe. This not one of L'Amour's better efforts. ( )
  lamour | Jan 24, 2019 |
A conflict between miners and cattlemen comes to a boil, when Mike Shevlin rides in and finds an entire town ensnared in a scheme to steal the gold from its rightful owner. ( )
  MerryMary | Mar 3, 2008 |
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Fiction. Western. Thriller. Historical Fiction. The story was that Eli Patterson had died in a gunfight, but Mike Shevlin knew it couldn’t be true: the man who’d been like a father to him had been a Quaker. But when Shevlin rides back to Rafter Crossing to uncover the truth, he finds that the quiet ranching community has become a booming mining town. Newfound wealth has not made Rafter a peaceful place, however, and the smell of fear and greed is thick in the air. As Mike Shevlin tries to unravel the mystery of Patterson’s death, he is led deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that controls not only the fate of Rafter Crossing but the heart of a beautiful but tormented young woman—and Shevlin’s own destiny.

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