To understand my husband, I read the Bible and Louis L’Amour. I’m not sure I have a favorite genre, but I know my husband does, and western novels is it. He often quotes Louis at the strangest moments, usually the ones where I am in desperate need of a smile.

And you know what? It always works.

Passin’ Through begins with a noose sliding around our hero’s neck. This cowboy was just passin’ through, but he finds himself in a passel of trouble. Now he must decide between heading for the mountains, or staying put and resolving his problems. This book has everything a L’Amour western should have: shooting, horseback riding, fighting, and of course, a beautiful woman.

Louis is extremely quotable. Here are some of my favorites:

Besides, what does a name mean? Nothing until a man makes it mean something.

Most murders were people of low intelligence no matter what their income or station in life, and murder was a difficult thing to hide.

When somebody wanted to know who I was, would I have to say I was just Passin’ Through? Well, that’s what we all were doing, in a way, but when a man cashes in his chips he should leave something a little better than he had found it.

If you enjoy westerns, then give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.


One thought on “My Book Bag: Passin’ Through

  1. Royce Smith says:

    Hi Valerie,

    You may not know that Louis L’Amour was from Choctaw. My 93 year old deacon
    who has lived in Choctaw all His life knew him.

    Royce Smith


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