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Frank Bonham (1914–1988)

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Frank Bonham was born on February 25, 1914 in Los Angeles. He was a graduate of UCLA. Bonham was known for his works for young adults written in the 1960s, with tough, realistic urban settings such as The Nitty Gritty and Durango Street. He also wrote several westerns. Several of his works have vis mere been published posthumously, many of which were drawn from his magazine stories, originally published between 1941 and 1952. Durango Street was an ALA Notable Book. His novels include Dakota Man: Western Stories, Devil's Graze: Western Stories, and The Dark Border: A Western Quartet. Frank Bonham passed away in 1988 at the age of 74. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Durango Street (1965) 170 eksemplarer
The Missing Persons League (1976) 130 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Forever Formula (1979) 68 eksemplarer
Mystery of the Fat Cat (1968) 46 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Mystery of the Red Tide (1966) 42 eksemplarer
Mystery in Little Tokyo (1960) 40 eksemplarer
The Rascals from Haskell's Gym (1977) 27 eksemplarer
The Nitty Gritty (1968) 19 eksemplarer
Chief (1971) 16 eksemplarer
Snaketrack (1972) 16 eksemplarer
Viva Chicano (1971) 16 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Tough Country (1958) 15 eksemplarer
Last Stage West (1979) 14 eksemplarer
The Ghost Front (1968) 14 eksemplarer
Cool Cat (1971) 14 eksemplarer
War Beneath the Sea (1962) 12 eksemplarer
The Phantom Bandit (2005) 12 eksemplarer
Lost Stage Valley (1978) 11 eksemplarer
Bold Passage (1951) 10 eksemplarer
Logans Choice (1964) 10 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Eye of the Hunter (1989) 9 eksemplarer
Trago (1979) 9 eksemplarer
Hey, Big Spender (1972) 8 eksemplarer
The Feud at Spanish Ford (1981) 8 eksemplarer
Sound of Gunfire (1979) 7 eksemplarer
Devil's Graze (2008) 7 eksemplarer
Dream of Ghosts: 2 (1973) 7 eksemplarer
Hardrock (1963) 7 eksemplarer
Furnace Flat: A Western Duo (2015) 7 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Rawhide Guns (1955) 7 eksemplarer
Defiance Mountain (1979) 7 eksemplarer
Fort Hogan (1980) 7 eksemplarer
Devilhorn (1978) 7 eksemplarer
The Last Mustang (2003) 6 eksemplarer
Break For The Border (1980) 6 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Deepwater Challenge (1963) 6 eksemplarer
Premonitions (1984) 5 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
honor bound (1963) 5 eksemplarer
By Her Own Hand (1963) 5 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Blood on the Land (1952) 5 eksemplarer
The Golden Bees of Tulami (1974) 5 eksemplarer
Cast a Long Shadow (1980) 4 eksemplarer
One for Sleep (1960) 4 eksemplarer
The Canon of Maverick Brands (1998) 3 eksemplarer
The Loud, Resounding Sea (1963) 3 eksemplarer
Skip und sein Delphin (1983) 2 eksemplarer
Dakota man (2014) 2 eksemplarer
Night Raid (1984) 2 eksemplarer
Stage Trails West (2003) 2 eksemplarer
Speedway contender (1964) 2 eksemplarer
The Skin Game (1961) 2 eksemplarer
The Vagabundos (1969) 2 eksemplarer
Dakota man : western stories (2007) 1 eksemplar
They Lived by Their Guns (1953) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Mammoth Book of New Historical Whodunits (1993) — Bidragyder — 142 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Famous Short Short Stories (1966) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse

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Dogtown is a neighbourhood of a larger city, like Los Angeles. It is a rough area made up of small, poor houses, surrounded by hills that cut it off from the main city making it its own world. The world of Buddy, Ralphie, Little Pie, Cool and Rich; known as the Oak Street Boys.

The Oak Street Boys Club is where the local boys can swim, workout, play sports and hangout. But problems of rats, cockroaches, and deterioration of the structure itself keeps it constantly on the verge of being shut down. If this were to happen, the only place left for the boys to be is on the streets. Streets that have their own dangerous and bad elements.

Mr. Hannibal is the manager and jack of all trades in keeping the club open. When word is received that the building is to be condemned, Mr. Hannibal and the boys decide to send out another request for donations for money to repair the building and get rid of the vermin.

While going through the list, Ralphie is rattling off names and addresses. Ralphie is Buddy's younger brother who is autistic but has a fantastic memory; a memory that contains the complete list of Boys Club donors. The name of 'the Estate of Harriett Adkins' is mentioned, and brings up the subject of Buzzer. Buzzer is Harriett Adkins' cat and was the beneficiary of her half-million dollar estate when she died. The cat lives on the property with a live-in caretaker and a high priced vet on call. When Buzzer dies, the estate then goes to the Boys Club. The question is "is Buzzer still alive?" No one has seen the cat and he is quite old by now. This becomes the mystery in the story.

The estate is on top of one of the hills surrounding Dogtown, and is enclosed by high fencing and gates. The only know visitor is the vet. Otherwise no one sees or hears of the cat. The lengths and methods the boys go to to solve this mystery shows ingenuity, creativity and humours.

The action is good and I enjoyed the writing. The action keeps moving with progress and a few setbacks. There is humour and lessons to be learned.
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ChazziFrazz | May 19, 2018 |
The novel opens with Whit Jackson in a Texas penal work camp. Soon we learn he is innocent of the crime of which he was convicted. Initially it seems as if the camp warden is going to help him because he has Whit train a horse for his daughter. When the warden detects that his daughter is developing some feelings for whit, he makes life difficult for our hero.
Seeing no chance of obtaining parole, he steals a hose with the assistance of his lawyer. Once he is in Mexico, he works at proving the wealthiest man in the area organized his downfall. With the assistance of his lawyer's daughter, Lucha, he brings the legal system into play against his opponent but as in all good westerns, there is a brief gun battle in which his tormentors, the wealthy rancher and the cruel prison guard, die.
A quick read in which Bonham doesn't follow the usual scenario of these stories. For example, the warden's daughter disappears from the narrative early even though it appeared she was going to be a major part. The towns people joined Whit's cause very quickly rather than showing the usual hesitancy. They do express fear of the consequences as would be normal behaviour but they do the right thing immediately.
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lamour | Dec 6, 2013 |
Early 1940's Western that was serialized originally. Many of the phrases are totally foreign to me. By today's standards, not a very good book. Very predictable.
 
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Dadbrazelton | Sep 2, 2011 |
This short noir novel, published by Monarch, is more explicit than similar Gold Medal books and is quite a bit of fun to read, though more for the characterization and dialogue than for its plot. The main protagonist is a Nisei (Japanese American) detective in a corrupt part of town, who works with a new Captain and another detective, also an interesting character, to clean up the drugs and prostitution trade and solve a murder or two in the process. Bonham seems to have mainly written westerns and a few juvenile books. I wonder if there are any more in this series?… (mere)
 
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datrappert | Jun 23, 2011 |

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