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(The third book in the Rancho Bravo series)
A novel by

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"Nobody does what they did to Rancho Bravo and gets away with it. Not while I'm alive."
Killraine had killed men before. He had been a captain in the Union Army. But he had never had a passion for killing.
Then Jethro Lawrence and his band of thieving cutthroats ambushed the Rancho Bravo wagons and made off with over a hundred thousand hard-earned dollars. Worse, Lawrence had taken Killraine's girl, Jenny, and kept her prisoner.
Killraine was filled with a hate that shocked him. Never before had he known such an overwhelming desire to kill.
Now nothing could stop him from going after the Lawrence gang. Not even the fact that the odds were fifty-to-one, and their hideout was a fortress from which no stranger had ever returned... alive.


Benjamin Leopold Haas was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1926. His imagination was inspired by the stories of the Civil War and Reconstruction as told by his Grandmother, who had lived through both. Largely self educated, he wrote his first story, a pulp short for a western magazine, when he was just eighteen.

A prolific writer who would eventually pen some 130 books under his own and a variety of pen-names, Ben wrote almost twenty-four hours a day. "I tried to write 5000 words or more every day, scrupulous in maintaining authenticity," he later said.

Ben wanted to be a mainstream writer, but needed a way to finance himself between serious books, and so he became a paperback writer. Ben's early pen names include Ben Elliott (his grandmother's maiden name), who wrote Westerns for Ace; and Sam Webster, who wrote five books for Monarch. As Ken Barry he turned out racy paperback originals for Beacon with titles like The Love Itch and Executive Boudoir. The success of his Fargo series led to the Sundance books. The short-lived John Cutler series followed, and then perhaps Ben's crowning achievement, the Rancho Bravo novels, published under the name Thorne Douglas.

Ben Haas died from a heart attack in New York City after attending a Literary Guild dinner in 1977. He was just fifty-one.


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Used availability for Thorne Douglas's Killraine

Hardback Editions

June 1980 : UK Hardback

Title: Killraine (Ulverscroft large print series)
Author(s): Thorne Douglas
ISBN: 0-7089-0475-0 / 978-0-7089-0475-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Author(s): Thorne Douglas
ISBN: 0-449-14227-2 / 978-0-449-14227-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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May 1977 : UK Paperback

Title: Killraine (Coronet Books)
Author(s): Thorne Douglas
ISBN: 0-340-21752-9 / 978-0-340-21752-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
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Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Rancho Bravo 3: Killraine (A Rancho Bravo)
Author(s): Thorne Douglas
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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