On the recommendations of Bill Crider and James Reasoner, I read H.A. DeRosso’s THE GUN TRAIL. It’s a cruel, ugly, violent western…and I enjoyed every page of it. There are no heroes, only bitterness, regret and hopelessness. And not a shred of humor. If all of DeRosso’s westerns were as unremittingly bleak as this, I can see why he might have had a tough time in the marketplace. Like Reasoner, I don’t think I could go on a DeRosso binge (as I did when I discovered Garry Disher, Harry Whittington, Thomas Berger, Elmer Kelton, Ian Rankin, A.B. Guthrie, Frederick Manfred, and Dan J. Marlowe, to name a few) but I know I’ll be reading more of his work.
Does anybody know what became of H.A. DeRosso? The copyrights to some recent reprints of his work are held by a hospital.