"Almost forty years ago, when my fiction was being published
exclusively in 'pulp' western magazines, I wrote several
novel-length stories, which my editors called 'magazine
novels'. In creating them, I became so involved with my
characters that their lives were still as much a part
of me as I was of them long after the issues in which
they appeared became collector's items. Pleased as I was
about how I brought the characters and their adventures
to life in the pages of the magazines, I still wanted
the reader to know more about my people and why they did
what they did. So, over the years, I revised and expanded
these magazine works into fuller-length novels that I
published in paperback under other titles.
"These particular early magazine versions of my books
have long been a source of great speculation and curiosity
among many of my readers, so much so of late, that I'm
now pleased to collect three of them into book form for
the first time.
"I hope you enjoy them."