Trouble Rides the Wind;
Little, Brown & Company: 1935.


        Chip Bennett of the Flying U was strong on minding his own business, but sometimes it is impossible to avoid overhearing things. It happened that one windy spring day, Chip was half asleep in Rusty Brown’s saloon when he heard a conversation that was obviously supposed to be private. He didn’t see the speakers but he did recognize one of the voices as belonging to Dunk Whittaker, the Montana banker who had become a partner of the Flying U because old J.G. needed someone with cash to help get the ranch back on its feet. There wasn’t anything said, definitely, but Chip couldn’t get over the feeling that Whittaker was planning a “frame-up” on someone, and that the “frame-up” was intended to include murder.

        After a little quiet undercover investigation, Chip found himself convinced not only of the intended frame-up but that the victims were his good neighbors, the Duncan brothers. That was enough for Chip. He went into action. And when Chip goes into action, as his legion of readers know, it means a thrilling, bullet-punctuated tale.