In the style of the early writers of the modern western, the Charles Alden Seltzer paints a vivid story of the depths to which any person can sink without discipline, charity and love. This is one of the best Seltzer's work. He wrote his westerns from the experience of living on his uncle's ranch in New Mexico. Seltzer's best works also include The Two-Gun Man", The Boss of the Lazy Y", etc. Many of his novels were turned into Hollywood movies. The Ranchman" is a rootin'-tootin' western love story. Non-stop action, good guys and bad guys, and no shortage of gun-fighting to keep you guessing until the end whether the hero will actually get the girl. A real page turner, with action and romance trailing at every turn.