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White Death

(The first book in the Herne the Hunter series)
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The sun was getting well up, and its warmth was melting the snow fast. Its rays broke through the open doorway, striking across towards Louise, and as she moved through them, Jed saw her face properly for the first time.
It took all his self-discipline to stop himself jumping up and grabbing her. There was a great bruise under her right eye, and her nose had been bleeding. A thread of black blood crept drily from the corner of her mouth, down across her chin, on her neck. And there were deep scratches around her throat.
He realized that Yates had also seen it at the same moment, hearing the strangled gasp, and feeling the man's body tense in the chair beside him, ready to leap up. Herne reached across and seized his arm, squeezing it with all his strength ...

John J. McLaglen is the pseudonym for the writing team of Laurence James and John Harvey.

Laurence James began his writing career in 1974 when he published his first novel in the science-fiction series SIMON RACK: EARTH LIES SLEEPING. He worked in publishing for ten years off and on till about 1970, when he went to "New English Library and ran the editorial side of NEL for three years." In addition, around 1974, James published the fantasy saga of Hells Angels in England & Wales in the early 1990s under the name Mick Norman.

While the name of Laurence James is not synonymous with Westerns, those of John J. McLaglen, William M. James and James W. Marvin, to name but a few, are.

John Harvey, a former English and drama school teacher began his contribution to the Herne the Hunter series with the second book, River of Blood. "In the Western," says John, "I'm interested in finding a balance between the myth of the West (as it comes through American literature and film) and the historical reality. Increasingly, I'm concerned to attempt to make a stronger place for women in the Western, which is traditionally a refuge of masculinity and male fantasy."

The character of Jed Herne is like a blunt instrument moving through the West. He never achieves happiness, nor riches. Laurence James said, "There is no such thing as a happy western hero. Never. They can't be. They've got to be men alone. They've got to be heroes."

Genre: Western

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Used availability for John J McLaglen's White Death

Hardback Editions

January 1980 : UK Hardback

Title: White Death (Herne the hunter / John J. McLaglen)
Author(s): John J McLaglen
ISBN: 0-7278-0566-5 / 978-0-7278-0566-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

1978 : UK Paperback

Title: White death (Herne the hunter / John J. McLaglen)
Author(s): John J McLaglen
ISBN: 0-552-10789-1 / 978-0-552-10789-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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September 1976 : UK Paperback

Title: White Death (Herne the hunter / John J. McLaglen)
Author(s): John J McLaglen
ISBN: 0-552-10210-5 / 978-0-552-10210-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
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Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Herne the Hunter 1: White Death (A Herne the Hunter Western)
Author(s): John J McLaglen, Piccadilly Publishing
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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