This week’s pulp story comes from the typewriter of well known western author Luke Short. This was one of his pulp shorts for Big Book Western Magazine that appeared in March 1937. This is a tale about some undercover detective work by the new saloon owner known as Suffern. Throw in a local cattle rustler, two lawmen, and the deputy’s pretty daughter and you have the makings for a fine story.
I’ve read somewhere that a literary critic once described western fiction as like a “fine vintage” that one savors for the subtle details and differences. It’s true that the basic elements in westerns are often the same–ranchers, lawmen, cattle, land, guns, etc. It’s they way that these elements are described and how they are connected in narrative that makes all the difference. Luke Short is not “Night Train”