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MacDonald, William Colt 1891-1968

Overview
Works: 222 works in 849 publications in 3 languages and 13,896 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Western stories  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3525.A2122, 813.52
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Most widely held works about William Colt MacDonald
 
Most widely held works by William Colt MacDonald
The battle at Three-Cross by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

23 editions published between 1941 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lance Tolliver wants nothing more than to solve his co-worker's murder and go home. But his only clues are the most uncommon he's ever seen: a blackened right hand and a rare cactus bud found with the body. As Lance gets closer and closer to the truth, he finds a band of border terrorists, a secret Indian cult, and strange events surrounding him. There's only one path this can lead to - a three-way showdown between outlaws, the Yaquente tribe, and lawmen. Now, all Lance can do is pray he solves the case before he gets caught in the crossfire
Master of the mesa by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

15 editions published between 1947 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hawk Nielson was quick-on-the-draw, ruthless -- and the most powerful man on the range. His holdings spread over thousands of acres and his power spread from one end of the Mesa to the other. His enemies were plenty -- all those he had cheated and crushed. Vard Whitlock had more reason to hate him than most. Land and money were the things Hawk cared about, until he had a son. Then his pride almost matched his greed. At last, Vard knew how to strike back at Hawk Nielson -- he just had to wait for the perfect opportunity. When the time was just right, Vard kidnapped the baby and hit the trail, where he began to work out the revenge demanded for Hawk Nielson. It took twenty-five years, but when the showdown finally came, it caused the most violent fight the Mesa had ever seen
Powder smoke : a western duo by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

16 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Colt MacDonald has published nearly seventy Western novels to date, and over sixty motion pictures have been based on his Western fiction or the characters he created. Ten of these films starred or featured John Wayne. Both of the short novels included here were adapted for the screen. The Son of the Wolf was filmed as Wyoming Whirlwind, and Powder Smoke came to the screen as Man of Action
The Comanche scalp by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

19 editions published between 1955 and 1998 in English and Dutch and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gregory Quist, a famous railroad detective, is falsely accused of murder and put into a predicament that could be his undoing
The red raider : a western duo by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Red raider: Old Dad Flint sets out to avenge his son's murder, but the confrontation takes place in the desert where the murderer is accompanied by a band of renegade Apaches
Thunderbird Trail by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

13 editions published between 1946 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Gregory Quist, Special Investigator for the Texas Northern and Arizona Southern Railroad, rode into Cenotaph to answer a call for help from Mrs. Gideon Harmon, he had no idea that he could soon be up to his neck in danger. Not much time had gone by before Quist joined with a posse to hunt the train robbers, and now they were in the middle of a deserted mesa. The sheriff and his posse had tracked the robbers to a ranch house that, from all appearances, seemed to be deserted. The sheriff spat on the ground and prepared the posse to move. Quist knew without a doubt that this was going to be a showdown. Suddenly a window opened and a rifle shot rang out. Then there were more shots from other windows in the house. Through the noise and the gun smoke, Quist heard the sheriff shout, "Close in -- like you didn't care to live forever!"
The devil's drum by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

17 editions published between 1956 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When an eastbound freight train is halted by dynamite near Clarion City, Texas, Greogry Quist, the famous railroad detective, is faced with one of the most mystifying jobs of his eventful career
Alias Dix Ryder by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

11 editions published between 1968 and 2000 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wandering into Arizona Territory, Santone Austin stopped in a bar in Arborledo. Everyone there took him for a man who disappeared and was thought dead for years. Going along with the game, he soon discovered that Dix Ryder has lots of enemies
Ranger man by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

11 editions published between 1951 and 2009 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Johnny Barlow's friend, Matt Melville, was shot just as Johnny rode into Rawhide City. Now missing is the satchel of gold Matt was carrying. Johnny, a border ranger, suspects that his friend's murder and the missing gold might have been intentional. First, the sheriff ordered him to turn in his guns, and then gave him one hour to get out of town. Later that night, someone took a shot at Johnny. But Johnny is a Ranger -- and Ranger's are a persistent lot. There are too many holes in the story he was told, and he's determined to unravel the tangled web of mysteries. There's the murder of a harmless man ... a lot of missing loot ... and the missing body of the man who presumably killed Matt
Incident at Horcado City by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

9 editions published between 1969 and 2008 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Troubleshooter Greg Quist rode up to Horcado City on railroad business. There had been some bad trouble--and there might be a lot more trouble ahead. That didn't bother Quist. Without trouble, he wouldn't make much of a living. Quist is a loner and seems like an easy-going enough man. He doesn't lose his temper often or very quickly--but when he does, you don't want to be the man he's directing it at. Though Quist claims to have no friends and no enemies, he's always running into people who want to kill him. Not that he minds. It keeps life interesting
The shadow rider by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

23 editions published between 1941 and 2008 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dale Stephens, known as the Gila Shadow, dodges a posse after robbing a bank but soon takes on the job of helping Santiago escape from a trap at the Golden Cactus roadhouse
The galloping ghost by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

9 editions published between 1952 and 2007 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Three Mesquiteers catch sight of the legendary ghost of a silver-haired girl galloping through the mountains
The singing scorpion by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

17 editions published between 1934 and 2010 in English and Danish and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gang called themselves the Scorpions, and when they struck, they were as swift, silent and fatal as the vicious animals that inspired their name. They would loot and kill with abandon as they rode through Texas, and return with their ill-gotten booty to a hideout in Mexico. No one had ever dared to stop their lawless rampages, but their luck was running out. Tucson Smith was an easygoing sort -- slow-talking and not easily riled. He didn't make trouble, but when it found him, he didn't back down. So when the Scorpions victimized someone that Tucson Smith cared deeply about, he went after them, hell-bent for leather. He'd avenge this latest killing -- or die trying!
Spanish pesos by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

18 editions published between 1937 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winghorse was a wide-open town where gun law was the only law and where Reece Rudabaugh's fast, highly-paid gunslingers had formed a welcoming committee, ready at a moment's notice to blast anyone who dared to defy their land-hungry boss. But this kill-crazy mob faced more than just a saddle-weary, shiftless Texas ramrod in Andy Farlow. Farlow had come here on a mission -- to find 100,000 Spanish gold pesos -- and he would kill anyone who tried to stop him. Rudabaugh's guns were tough and quick-triggered, but they hadn't met Farlow's kind before -- a Texan who wouldn't say die
Powdersmoke justice by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

10 editions published between 1949 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jake Glendon was dead. It could have been suicide -- but it looked a lot like murder. Either way, it was good news, so no one cared much one way or the other about the details. Folks would dance on his grave. But when the Three Mesquiteers -- Tucson Smith, Lullaby Joslin and Stony Brooke -- rode off after discovering the body, they had no idea that they had actually ridden into one of the toughest cases in their long career of unofficial outlaw-busting. Glendon may have been dead, but his gang was very much alive -- and they had a habit of turning a deputy's badge into a death warrant for any man who wore it. As six-shooters blazed and blood spilled, they vowed to avenge the death of Jake Glendon
Stir up the dust by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

13 editions published between 1900 and 2004 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The lonely Texan had fought on the losing side in the Civil War. His father and brother had been killed, and his home had been burned to the ground. All that remained was the neglected land and the half-wild cattle. He had friends who joined him in a desperate scheme to drive Texas cattle over the hundreds of miles of perilous Kansas country. Stir Up the Dust is the whiplash story of that cattle drive--and the opening of the Abilene Trail."--Page 4 of cover
Wheels in the dust by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

11 editions published between 1946 and 2005 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though he's an all-around nice guy, and plenty smart, Hoyt Murragh can shoot with the best of them--and it's a good thing because there have been a series of holdups on the stages carrying payroll satchels
The riddle of Ramrod Ridge by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

14 editions published between 1942 and 2005 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ramrod Ridge was a ghost town hideout for outlaws and fugitives ruled by a tyrant named Simon Crawford. Two reckless cowboys, always on the lookout for trouble, settle down to the serious business of thwarting Crawford's plans, but not before having perpetrated a few pranks to confound and enrage their enemies
Two-gun deputy by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

8 editions published between 1957 and 2002 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grindall was dead and the renegade jury cried for a lynching -- and an innocent cowpuncher was forced to offer his neck to the fury of the mob. The vengeful border town wouldn't be silenced until the deputy smoked out the killer and challenged him to a duel of death
Boomtown buccaneers by William Colt MacDonald( Book )

12 editions published between 1942 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peaceful Jenkins and his partner Applejack Peters ambled into the boomtown of Spanish Wells, and after outsmarting some troublemakers, Peaceful was made town marshal. In that capacity, he waged war against the men who controlled the town, but in the desperate and bloody battle, some deadly secrets would be revealed
 
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Alternative Names
Colt MacDonald, William

Donald, W.C. Mac 1891-1968

Mac Donald, William Colt 1891-1968

MacDonald, Allan William Colt 1891-1968

MacDonald, William Allan Colt 1891-1968

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MacDonald, Wm. Colt 1891-1968

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Уильям Кольт МакДональд

Languages
English (273)

Dutch (1)

Danish (1)

Covers
Master of the mesaPowder smoke : a western duoThe Comanche scalpThe red raider : a western duoThunderbird TrailThe devil's drumAlias Dix RyderRanger man