Tex Larimee is a grizzled Arizona sheriff who’s leaving the deserts of Cactus County behind, blazing a trail east to mix it up with The Slickers in the canyons of Manhattan. Years later Clint Eastwood would follow the exact same trail in Coogan’s Bluff—a western lawman on the loose in New York City.
Tex’s welcome to New York is a rude one. Robbed of his cash, gun and badge, he’s locked in a room in back of a run-down bar. Breaking out of the bar, he goes looking for his best friend … only to find him dead, his throat cut. And the cops accuse Tex of committing the murder….
But none of that’s going to keep a good Arizona lawman down. Discovering he’s been the subject of an elaborate frame-up job, Tex has got a few tricks of his own up his sleeve—and in his recovered Colt .45—to make even the toughest of city birds sing a different tune.
Much like Tex, L. Ron Hubbard was born and bred on the western frontier and made his way east to explore and experience life in New York City. But unlike the sheriff, Hubbard enjoyed his time in the city, where his writing career took off as he became a leading figure in its literary world. He came to know the streets and haunts of Manhattan as well as he knew the arroyos and canyons of the west, giving him the kind of insights he needed to write stories like The Slickers.
Also includes the mysteries Killer Ape, in which a man frees a mistreated orangutan, only to end up with a monkey on his back, as he’s accused of aiding and abetting the ape in a case of murder, and Murder Afloat, the story of a top narcotics cop in the U.S. Secret Service who’s pursuit of a million-dollar score could land him in some hot—and deadly—water.
Those who enjoy breathless adventures from the golden age of pulp fiction or radio melodramas will no doubt be delighted by these three tales from Hubbard's abundant short story collections, performed by a large cast led by Scottish actor Enn Reitel. In the title story, Tex Laramie, the growly voiced sheriff of Cactus County, Ariz., travels to New York City, where his wallet is stolen and he's held up by thugs and framed for a murder. In "Murder Afloat," Bob Clark of the Secret Service Narcotics Squad follows a "million and a half dollars' worth of dope" aboard a pleasure cruise and havoc ensues. These performances are enhanced by sound effects notably the snap, crackle, and pop of burning timber. Meanwhile, the sound of howling wind and sleet marks "Killer Ape," in which newsman Bill Lacey, recently released from jail after punching a man for mistreating a orangutan named Joe, learns that the animal has been mysteriously released from its cage and is roaming the snowy countryside. The performances, including that of Orangutan Joe, are very much in the fever-paced, derring-do style of the stories themselves. A Galaxy paperback.