Frederick Schiller Faust (1892-1944) was an American author known primarily for his thoughtful and literary Westerns under the pen name Max Brand. Faust (as Max Brand) also created the popular fictional character of young medical intern Dr. James Kildare in a series of pulp fiction stories. Faust rivaled Edgar Wallace and Isaac Asimov as one of the most prolific authors of all time. He wrote more than 500 novels for magazines and almost as many shorter stories. His total literary output is estimated to have been between 25,000,000 and 30,000,000 words. New books based on magazine serials or previously unpublished works authored by him continue to appear, so that Faust has averaged a new book every four months for seventy-five years. Kirkus Reviews called him "the Shakespeare of the Western Range". This omnibus includes five of his most famous westerns: Destry Rides Again (1930) - This rough-and-tumble Western pits Harry Destry against the twelve jurors who sent him to prison for a crime he didn't commit. Trouble Trail (1937) - Pursued by Sheriff Wally Ops and his posse, Larry Dickson must find and capture Doctor Grace, a notorious criminal and the only one who can prove Larry's innocence. Six-Gun Country (1928) - Soon after collecting the bounty on gunslinger Charlie Rizdal, Jim discovers that Rizdal's brother, Long Tom, has put a price on his head! Now, Jim is fair game to every outlaw in the territory. Flaming Irons (1927) - Young Les Tarron leaves the security of his father's ranch along with five strangers and rides a rough trail to manhood and wealth. And The Man from Mustang (1942) - The explosion of the shot echoed through the saloon. The moment before, a gun had glinted in the night through an open window. Now Buck lay on the floor, fighting for his life, trying to raise himself on one hand trying to breathe.
Used availability for Max Brand's Five Complete Novels
July 1982 : USA Hardback