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Wild Blood

(1983)
(Book 22 in the Herne the Hunter series)
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He came to gradually, only the throbbing pains at the back of his head telling him for sure that he was awake. Lines shook and shifted in front of him and refused to be still or join together in any way that he could understand.
He tried to move his body and realized that he was sitting up. When he went to move again he seemed to be falling forward and there was a moment's shock when he was afraid that he wouldn't be able to push his hands out in front of him and break his fall.
Slowly, it dawned on him that he wasn't going to fall.
The reason he couldn't use his hands was that his arms were tied fast at the back of the chair.
Which was why he wasn't going to fall either.
He didn't think much of it.
He went back into unconsciousness . . .

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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Paperback Editions

October 1983 : UK Paperback
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Title: Wild Blood (Herne the Hunter )
Author(s): John J McLaglen
ISBN: 0-552-12276-9 / 978-0-552-12276-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Herne the Hunter 22: Wild Blood (A Herne the Hunter Western)
Author(s): John J McLaglen
Publisher: Piccadilly Publishing
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