Dead Man's Brand

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dead_mans_brand_websiteDead Man's Brand and other tales of the Old West by Norbert Davis
With an introduction by Spur Award winner Bill Pronzini
And an afterword by Ed Hulse

All the excitement of frontier life—and in contrast, the bleak, violent, powerful nightmare side of the Western myth—come alive in this collection by acclaimed author Norbert Davis (1909-1949), deftly combining memorable characters, plot twists, gunplay and humor into unique tales of the American West. The author's eight best Westerns are reprinted here for the first time since their original magazine appearances, including, "A Gunsmoke Case for Major Cain," the basis for the 1941 film, Hands Across the Rockies.

"Any reader who has enjoyed Norbert Davis's mystery and detective fiction should find these Western tales equally satisfying."—Bill Pronzini


  • Introduction by Bill Pronzini
  • A Gunsmoke Case for Major Cain
  • Their Guardian From Hell
  • Leetown's One-Man Army
  • Dead Man's Brand
  • The Gunsmoke Banker Rides In
  • Death Creeps
  • Sign of the Sidewinder
  • Boot-Hill Bait


  • Appendix—A Look at Hands Across the Rockies by Ed Hulse, the film based upon Norbert Davis' "A Gunsmoke Case for Major Cain."

Cover art by Tom Roberts.

Praise for Dead Man's Brand—

"Davis knew how to grab hold of a reader and not let go. Told with a perfect balance of wit and action, these Western short stories will leave you wanting more." —Troy D. Smith, Spur award-winning author of Bound for the Promise Land.

"These stories are every bit as good as Davis's mystery fiction, and they are without a doubt better than some of the best Westerns I've read from any era."—Peter Brandvold, author of the Lou Prophet and Cuno Massey Westerns.

"An excellent and much recommended pick, not to be missed."—Midwest Book Review

"Tom Roberts at Black Dog Books continues to impress me with his high quality paperback reprints from the glorious golden age of pulp fiction. These little known westerns by Norbert Davis were a revelation. This is by far the best collection of Western stories published this past year! [A] tight little gem that should have you clamoring for more."Dispatches from the Last Outlaw.

"A superb collection. Definitely a book all western fans should own."—Western Fiction Review

"These are simply some of the best-written Western tales you'll ever read, and Dead Man's Brand is a great collection. It gets my highest recommendation."—Rough Edges

"This collection proves that Davis could . . . write western fiction. Thanks to Black Dog Books."—Amazon reviews

"Fast packed action stories . . . All eight stories collected here are all first-rate entertainment by a born storyteller. Kudos to Tom Roberts and Black Dog Books for rescuing them from Western pulp obscurity."—Amazon reviews



Book Details

Title: Dead Man's Brand
Author: Norbert Davis
Genre: Adventure/Western
ISBN: 978-1-884449-14-7
Price: $22.95 / Trade paperback / 230 pages
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