Riders of Judgment
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: Bison Books
eBook ISBN: 9780803277441
Here is a rich and serious novel of the violent West. Full of the
authentic sounds and colors of Wyoming cattle country in the late
nineteenth century, it tells the true story of a long-vanished
time—the era of the cowhands and the bloody Johnson County range
wars. Riders of Judgment centers on the three Hammett brothers and
their cousin Rosemary, whom all three love. To the oldest brother,
Cain, falls the lot of avenging the murder of his father,
grandfather, and brother. Cain—who is in a sense a cowboy Hamlet—is
torn by conflicts within himself. He desires peace yet is forced to
wear a gun. He is a law-abiding man by instinct yet has to take the
law into his own hands. He is loved by a woman but rejects her
because he feels unworthy of her love. Then one spring morning the
cattle barons invade his territory, and Cain’s hesitancy vanishes.
One man’s inner struggle becomes a fight to turn the cattle kingdom
into a free country for the small stockman. Riders of Judgment is
the final book in Frederick Manfred’s five-volume series, The
Buckskin Man Tales.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Frederick Manfred (1912–94) is the author of twenty-four novels, including the five-volume series The Buckskin Man Tales, which includes Conquering Horse, Lord Grizzly (finalist for the 1954 National Book Award), and Scarlet Plume, all available in Bison Books editions, as well as King of Spades.