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Reilly's Luck: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1985
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Val Darrant was four years old. It was a cold, snowy night as he was hustled away on a buckboards to be abandoned. But he did not die; he met Will Reilly. A gentleman, a gambler, and the best rifle shot in the West. Reilly was a man who knew the odds and played them. But what were the odds on taking in a frightened young boy?
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Val Darrant was four years old. It was a cold, snowy night as he was hustled away on a buckboards to be abandoned. But he did not die; he met Will Reilly. A gentleman, a gambler, and the best rifle shot in the West. Reilly was a man who knew the odds and played them. But what were the odds on taking in a frightened young boy?See all Product Description
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First you are expected to sit still for a four year old boy becoming an expert card dealer; then you are expected to sit still for an eight year old boy reading Faust. In between there is a lot of filler to do with an indian raid that goes sour, a scene in which Reilly pins an antagonist's hand to a table with a knife and then reads Tennyson's Ulysses to him. This is not to torture the man, you understand, but to better him. This Reilly ought to have his pretentious head blown clean off. THEN you are supposed to sit still for Reilly and his adopted son touring europe, where Reilly keeps himself in shape by "fencing, shooting, wrestling, etc." I suppose this is historically accurate, since this would be some nineteenth century type's backward idea of how to stay in shape. You know, like "I warn you, my good man, I am in perfect physical condition. I play badminton every sunday." But the reader is supposed to think that fencing and shooting are actually ways to stay in shape. Forget going to the gym and lifting weights, just have at those clay pidgeons for a while. The pounds will just melt away!
But seriously folks, this is one of those books Louis L'Amour banged out while high on model glue. To be avoided.
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I am in process of reading this novel. So far very interestingPublished 21 months ago by Maurice St. Onge
A young boy of 4 is taken away and left to die, but he is found by Will Reilly who takes him under his wing. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2003 by Max Inman
This is one of my all-time favorite Louis L'Amour books. The characters are well-written, the tension is taut, and I really like Reilly and Val's characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003 by elanorh