In the way that Owen Wister created the Western genre in 1902 with the publication of THE VIRGINIAN, Jack London created the Northwestern genre a year later with his novel THE CALL OF THE WILD.
For the next five decades the Northwestern thrived and thrilled in every popular media: books, pulp magazines, film, radio and television.
One of the most popular Northwestern writers was James B Hendryx – certainly one of my faves.
BLOOD OF THE NORTH by James B Hendryx – Book Review
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hendryx’s best yarns are his short stories about Black John Smith, the big, black-bearded leader of the Halfaday Creek outlaw community, and Corporal Cameron Downey of the Canadian Mounted.
BLOOD OF THE NORTH is maybe Hendryx’s best longer story. Corporal Downey arrests Jacques Larue for the murder of the Scottish trader Colin Murchie. Downey believes the testimony of Murchie’s son Angus and is certain of a conviction. But Larue walks out of court a free man. And Angus follows his father’s murderer into the Northwoods. What follows is a story of psychological torment and vengeance.
Hendryx’s Northern world is mostly one of wilderness adventure and humour-filled characters. BLOOD OF THE NORTH was a darker tale.
“Jim Hendryx was born 100 years too late but made the best of it. He was at heart a mountain man, a fur trader, an outlaw of the plains. He was everlastingly a boy – not a Boy Scout, more a Huckleberry Finn.” Lee Smits, a friend.
TO READ MORE ABOUT THE LIFE AND WORKS OF JAMES B HENDRYX, CHECK OUT MY “GREATEST AUTHORS OF NORTH-WEST MOUNTED POLICE FICTION” AT http://www.CivilizedBears.com/Greatest-Writers-Mountie-Fiction/
BLOOD OF THE NORTH written by James B Hendryx – Western Book review
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