Trouble at Temescal

A Western Duo

By Frank Bonham

Edited and with a foreword by Bill Pronzini

Read by Armando Durán

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A pair of action-packed tall tales from Western master Frank BonhamThe first story, Trouble in Temescal, is set in Los Angeles in the days following the Mexican-American War, and tells the tale of two entrepreneurial mustangers, Hank Ashwood and Red Wolfe, who have driven a herd of horses from New Mexico to California for resale. But their efforts to sell the animals to one of the Mexican hacendados, Dona Julia de la Torre, owner of Rancho Temescal, are hampered by a scabrous group of squatters led by Owen Pike, bent on claiming rights to her land, and who have the racially biased ownership laws at their backs.The second story, King of the Defiances, is the story of Big Jim Jackson, who intends to make a fortune by logging off the best railroad-tie timber in Arizona, and his clash with former manhunter Troy Cameron, the leader of a group of small cattle ranchers who stand in Jackson’s way. Jackson now holds notes on the ranchers’ land and plans to foreclose if the notes aren’t met on time. And he has a hired crew of gun hands ready to use force against anyone who resists.

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Runtime

7h 5m

Release

11-01-18

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Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Westerns

Runtime

7h 5m

Release

11-01-18

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Westerns

Description

A pair of action-packed tall tales from Western master Frank Bonham

The first story, Trouble in Temescal, is set in Los Angeles in the days following the Mexican-American War, and tells the tale of two entrepreneurial mustangers, Hank Ashwood and Red Wolfe, who have driven a herd of horses from New Mexico to California for resale. But their efforts to sell the animals to one of the Mexican hacendados, Dona Julia de la Torre, owner of Rancho Temescal, are hampered by a scabrous group of squatters led by Owen Pike, bent on claiming rights to her land, and who have the racially biased ownership laws at their backs.

The second story, King of the Defiances, is the story of Big Jim Jackson, who intends to make a fortune by logging off the best railroad-tie timber in Arizona, and his clash with former manhunter Troy Cameron, the leader of a group of small cattle ranchers who stand in Jackson’s way. Jackson now holds notes on the ranchers’ land and plans to foreclose if the notes aren’t met on time. And he has a hired crew of gun hands ready to use force against anyone who resists.

Frank Bonham

Author Biography

Frank Bonham (1914–1988) was a Western and young adult writer. He wrote nearly fifty novels, including The Nitty Gritty and Durango. Several of his works have been published posthumously, many of which were drawn from his pulp magazine stories, originally published between 1941 and 1952.

Armando Durán

Narrator Biography

Armando Durán has appeared in films, television, and regional theaters throughout the West Coast. For the last decade he has been a member of the resident acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2009 he was named by AudioFile as Best Voice in Biography and History for his narration of Che Guevara. A native Californian, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Ashland, Oregon.