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Desert gold



Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009.
Physical Description:
513 pages ; 23 cm.
He was a solitary prospector in the vast Sonoran Desert, but on a shelf of rock he left a little tin for his daughter ... Richard Gale's idle sojourn in the West came to a screeching halt when he arrived in an Arizona border town and plunged into the life of a border ranger. Yet when he met Nell Burton, he realized for the first time why the West had beckoned him. But Nell's background wasn't very impressive - she had no family, no dowry. Then one day Gale found a little tin in the Sonoran Desert that gave Nell a name, a family, a legacy ... and a fortune.


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You'll find romance, adventure, and all of the stark beauty of the Old West in Zane Grey's Desert Gold. Richard Gale, the hapless son of a businessman, arrives in the Arizona border country hoping for a new start. Meeting up with an old friend who is now a Texas Ranger, he soon finds himself embroiled in an attempt to rescue the beautiful daughter of a murdered rancher from the clutches of a cruel bandit. Fleeing into the desert with the girl, Gale hopes only for survival but finds much more, as love blossoms and secrets are revealed. If you haven't yet become hooked on Zane Grey's westerns, Desert Gold will help you understand their enduring popularity.

Author Notes

Zane Grey was born Pearl Zane Gray in 1872, in Zanesville, Ohio. He studied dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, married Lina Elise Roth in 1905, then moved his family west where he began to write novels. The author of 86 books, he is today considered the father of the Western genre, with its heady romances and mysterious outlaws. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) brought Grey his greatest popular acclaim. Other notable titles include The Light of Western Stars (1914) and The Vanishing American (1925).

An extremely prolific writer, he often completed three novels a year, while his publisher would issue only one at a time. Twenty-five of his novels were published posthumously. His last, The Reef Girl, was published in 1977. Zane Grey died of heart failure on October 23 in Altadena, California, in 1939.

(Bowker Author Biography)