Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sackett by Louis L’Amour


Sackett by Louis L’Amour is another audio book I checked out for my trip. I don’t read many westerns but they make really great listening while I drive. Louis L’Amour wrote many of the western classics and is probably the most famous of the western writers. In Sackett he wrote in all the elements that make a good western.

William Tell Sackett grew up in Tennessee, fought for the Union in the Civil War, and is now a drifter who wants to settle down and get a place of his own. He leaves Montana after a gunfight were he killed a man and heads for New Mexico where his younger brothers live. Along the way he stumbles on an old trail that leans him to a abandoned and forgotten gold mine. Tell knows there is someone else in the valley who is stealing his food so as he leaves he kills a deer and hangs if as a gift. He is being tracked the brothers of the man he killed and after he sells the gold he found is tracked by people wanting to take his gold claim. And of course there is a girl.

Sackett is written in the first person and has a lot of classic lines. Most start with Sackett’s are -----, or Sackett’s do -----. I enjoyed listening to the story. L’Amour needs no recommendation so I will leave it at that.

Random House put out the audio recording of Sackett by Louis L’Amour. Sackett was first published in 1981.

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