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The Quirt

B. M. Bower

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ed among his neighbors was the direct result of a genius for holding his tongue. He had attended the funerals of men shot down in their own dooryards, he had witnessed the trials of the killers. He had grown up with the settled conviction that other men's quarrels did not concern him so long as he was not directly involved, and that what did not concern him he had no right to discuss. If he stood aside and let violence stalk by unhindered, he was merely doing what he had been taught to do from the[Pg 55] time he could walk. "Mind your own business and let other folks do the same," had been the family slogan in Lone's home. There had been nothing in Lone's later life to convince him that minding his own business was not a very good habit. It had grown to be second nature,—and it had made him a good man for the Sawtooth Cattle Company to have on its pay roll.

Just now Lone was stirred beyond his usual depth of emotion, and it was not altogether the sight. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I believe this is the same book as her Sawtooth Ranch book.

We're out in the west, Idaho cattle country. The Quirt is a small outfit run by Brit Hunter and fellow bachelor Frank Johnson. Well, Brit was once married and had a daughter, but spouse and daughter left for LA many years previously.

The largest spread in the area is the Sawtooth Cattle Company,...more

Another fun, mentally refreshing Bower title. When I need to relax with my reading, or to cleanse the mental images of a gloomy book from my little pea brain, Bower is my go-to gal.

Here we first meet Brit Johnson and his long-time friend Frank, two old bachelors eking out a living on a ranch in I...more

A highly enjoyable western. It also seems to go by the title "Sawtooth Ranch". The e-book edition on my iTouch was called "Sawtooth Ranch", while the Kindle edition on my Kindle App was called "The Quirt".

I read the "Sawtooth Ranch" version of this, but it seems it was better known by this title, which is the name of the Hunter ranch. It's half adventure, half murder-mystery. Lorraine Hunter is tired of her California life and decides to go to live with her father on his ranch in Idaho, thinking i...more