The Wolf and the Man

A Western Story

By Max Brand

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The vicious wolf Gray Cloud has a price of $2,500 on his head when Dave Reagan, considered little better than a half-wit, finds the monster in his traps. Rather than kill the wolf, Dave chains him in a shed, expecting to finally earn some respect. But the plan backfires, and Dave escapes with Gray Cloud into the wilderness, where the two become indelibly attached.

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Release

12-22-14

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Westerns

Release

12-22-14

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Westerns

Description

The attacks of the huge lobo Gray Cloud have caused the remarkable price of $2,500 to be put on his head. And it falls to big Dave Reagan, considered little better than a half-wit in that part of the range, to discover the monster held fast in two of his traps.

Something in the fearless animal's eyes keeps young Dave from killing the wolf. Instead Dave releases Gray Cloud, who is unable to walk, and rescues him from a prairie fire that threatens them both. Dave brings Gray Cloud home and chains him in a shed that he uses as a blacksmith shop. Dave expects now that, as a result of this feat, his cousins will finally come to respect him. But as far as they are concerned, this is the time to put a bullet in Gray Cloud, cut off his paws and head fur, and claim the $2,500 reward.

What they didn't anticipate is that Dave would object to their plan. Dave escapes with Gray Cloud into the wilderness, and it is there that the two become indelibly attached. It was an error, however, for Dave to think that men would not intrude on them. Before long both Dave and Gray Cloud are fugitives, having to protect each other as they attempt to elude their pursuers.

Praise

“Brand practices his art to something like perfection.” New York Times, praise for the author

“The name Max Brand is synonymous with Western novels.” Booklist, praise for the author

“Max Brand is the Shakespeare of the Western range.” Kirkus Reviews, praise for the author

Max Brand

Author Biography

Max Brand® (1892–1944) is the best-known pen name of widely acclaimed author Frederick Faust, creator of Destry, Dr. Kildare, and other beloved fictional characters. Orphaned at an early age, he studied at the University of California, Berkeley. He became one of the most prolific writers of our time but abandoned writing at age fifty-one to become a war correspondent in World War II, where he was killed while serving in Italy.