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Murphy's Stand

(A book in the Murphy series)
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Publisher's Weekly
Since the death of his wife, Al Murphy has wandered the West. As this latest addition to the series bearing his name ( Murphy's Gold , etc.) opens, the former sheriff stumbles on some gunmen just after they have committed a murder. Becoming a target himself, he narrowly escapes to Turrett, Ariz., a town in the midst of a war between rival mercantile concerns. The men who attacked Murphy work for food purveyor Bernard Gibson and have just eliminated his chief competitor, Jake McCormick. Hired by the dead man's sister, Christine, to guard a shipment to Fort Crosston, the ex-lawman is sucked into the conflict. When Christine is kidnapped by Gibson because she won't close her business, Murphy goes after her and finds that he must put on the sheriff's badge once again. Paulsen's taut, compact prose conveys character, emotion and place in a few spare words, packing a lot of plot into a minimum number of pages. Little here is new--certainly not the stereotypical drifter hero--but Paulsen pulls the reader along with good writing and a fast pace that leave little time for reflection. Both fans of the series and newcomers to it should enjoy this brisk read.

School Library Journal
YA-A fast-paced, shoot-em up story with a hint of romance. After the death of his wife, Al Murphy, one-time lawman, drinks and drifts. While on the trail, he witnesses a murder. He accompanies the sheriff and the body back to town where the victim's sister and owner of McCormick's Mercantile hires him to ride shotgun with her freight. Christine believes that Gibson, a rival merchant, had her brother killed. Murphy takes the job and finds self-respect and friendship among the threats of violence. Teens will enjoy this short novel written in the traditional Western style by an outdoorsman who is obviously no stranger to guns and horses.-Carol Clark, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA

BookList - Wes Lukowsky
Al Murphy, onetime lawman, has sunk to being a penniless saddle bum. After the love of his life, Midge, was killed in a tragic accident, Murphy settled deep into the bottle, but the pain in his gut put a stop to his drinking. On the trail, he stumbles upon a murder and kills two of the perpetrators. The victim's sister, Christine McCormick, hires Murphy to ride shotgun on her supply wagon. She and her brother were merchants involved in a vicious--and now deadly--price war with Bernard Gibson Mercantile. With a job and an interest in Christine, Murphy begins to regain self-respect. He also rediscovers his capacity for friendship as he works with Skeets, the supply-wagon driver, and Moses, who cares for the McCormick horses. The fourth entry in popular YA author Paulsen's Murphy series is as consistently engrossing as its predecessors. Murphy is much more than a pair of blazing six-guns. He's an evolving, multidimensional character whose strengths and weaknesses are evident in all of us.

Genre: Western    

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Hardback Editions

December 1994 : UK Hardback

Title: Murphy's Stand
Author(s): Gary Paulsen, Brian Burks
ISBN: 0-7451-2623-5 / 978-0-7451-2623-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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December 1994 : USA Hardback

Title: Murphy's Stand (Thorndike Press Large Print Western Series)
Author(s): Gary Paulsen, Brian Burks
ISBN: 0-7862-0169-X / 978-0-7862-0169-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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October 1993 : USA Hardback

Title: Murphy's Stand (A Walker Western)
Author(s): Gary Paulsen, Brian Burks
ISBN: 0-8027-1277-0 / 978-0-8027-1277-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker & Co
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