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Summary

The uncut, unrevised original text, as L'Amour intended it.

Rafe Caradec had been raised to a hard life in a hard land where death lurked behind every bush and in most men's eyes. Only his courage and his gun had sustained him. That and the unflinching honor that had earned him the respect of every man.

Now, that honor was about to lead him into deadly danger against the greatest odds he had ever faced. For Rafe had given his word to a dying man and could not go back on it. The man had been murdered by a cabal of greedy ranchers who wanted his land, and Rafe had sworn to protect that land for the man's wife and infant daughter.

But when he told her his story, the wife didn't believe him. She knew someone was after the ranch, and she thought it was Rafe. So she betrayed him into the hands of the very men who had killed her husband.

If Rafe Caradec lived, he would have to wage a one man range war against impossible odds, with a woman who wanted him dead waiting if he survived.

This edition is based on the original magazine version of this novel as Louis L'Amour first visualized it. Trail to Crazy Man was published in the July 1948 issue of the pulp magazine, West. Later, he lengthened the story for his book publishers and changed the title to Crossfire Trail. Some of his fans consider the novels as he wrote them for the magazines to be stronger than their subsequent expansions. L'Amour and other fans disagreed. Both camps agree that the original versions have all the strengths of his best writing and a taut, fast-moving pace that never stints on characterization.

Special introduction about L'Amour's pulp career and pulp novels.

©2014 Jean Marie Stine (P)2018 Jean Marie Stine

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  • 22-04-22

A nice easy listen!

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were a lot more tangible than the other books I’ve listened to by Louis L’Amore.
My favourite part was definitely the court case. Very cleverly done!

Thank you to the narrator for doing a great job.

I marked it down with one point because the plot seemed to be very similar to two other books I’ve listened. It made the story a bit predictable.

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  • Stephen C McNerney
  • 19-04-22

Great listen

If you like traditional westerns with cowboys,Indians and lots of action this is for you. Well performed.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 14-11-21

very good

Rafe had more integrity , honesty , and loyalty in his pinkie than Dan or Bruce had in their whole body. Corruption and greed and morale high ground to stand on between these two ruthless killers. I enjoyed the drama and action. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job bringing it to life.

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  • Holly
  • 18-09-20

Classic Louis L'Amour

A good clean Louis L'Amour Western. Highly enjoyable and well narrated. I like the Classic style Westerns and this is "it!" Thanks!

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 15-09-20

YEEEHAW!

I remember reading this many years ago. This narrator does an excellent job of bringing the story to life.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 06-09-20

Good Louis L'Amour Western

Story of a Cowboy who ends up on a ship and then escapes to return to USA Texas.
Nicely written story of a quiet low key cowboy and his friends out to help their mutual friend that died and left a wife & daughter. Narrator did a good job with the characters.

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  • Mark Mackey
  • 11-07-20

The Trail to Crazy Man review

An outstanding, entertaining western tale with great characters, story/writing and narration. Five stars and worth it.

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  • Yuri
  • 26-06-20

Another great western

Louis L'amour, that says it all, you know the story will be a great one!
The Narrator, the Narrator does a superb job, you will quickly lose yourself & enter the world of the old west.
I can not recommend a better Author or Narrator .

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  • Neal T.
  • 20-06-20

Outstanding

My uncle used to rave about Louis L'Amour, so when I got the opportunity to listen to this one for free, I jumped at the chance. Suffice it to say, I was not disappointed. In fact, it's made a new fan out of me. Sure it's a bit on the short side, but you can't go wrong here. Great characters, great story, great narration. There's no cursing and no sex either. Five stars all around.

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  • Adrian
  • 01-06-18

A new recording of a classic tale

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

I had been wanting to read a Louis L'Amour western for some time now and thought this would be a good opportunity. I did not enjoy it as much as I would have liked, unfortunately. There were a lot of characters and maybe a bit predictable at times. Throughout the story there were segments of fun and intrigue, but these were few and far in between.

One thing is for sure – it wasn’t easy living in the wild west! People got killed all the time with little remorse, apparently.

Audiobook narrator Randal Schaffer rating: 3 stars
I always appreciate a new recording of an old tale. There’s nothing worse than trying to listen to a classic book with a “classic” recording of the audio. Randal does a decent job of changing his voice for different characters, which is helpful during dialogue portions. Though, there are times when the consistency is just a little bit off. If this were improved some, it would be perfect! I know it’s hard to keep up with this kind of consistency when there are so many different characters.