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LARRY AND STRETCH by MARSHALL GROVER

Leonard Frank Meares was an Australian writer of western fiction. He wrote over 700 Westerns for the Australian paperback publishers Cleveland and Horwitz using the pseudonym "Marshalll McCoy", "Marshalll Grover" "Ward Brennan" and "Glenn Murrell". Among his most famous characters were "Larry & Stretch", Larry Valentine and Stretch Emerson. In the Nordic countries they were known as "Bill & Ben". He introduced Larry and Stretch with his tenth books for Cleveland. He created other series, such as Big Jim Rand, and used other pennames over the years.

Piccadilly Publishing is proud to bring back the Larry and Stretch series in digital form, along with the original cover artwork and adapted for our house style. There are seventy-six books in the series and we intend to bring them out on a monthly basis. Whether they are new to you or are welcoming them back as old friends, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

As Marshall Grover, he also wrote the immensely popular Big Jim westerns. Check out the series.

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Published December 01, 2016
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1: DRIFT!

With amiable drifters Larry Valentine and Stretch Emerson as her escort, a beautiful redhead ran the gauntlet of death, travelling many a violent mile to give her testimony in court. Only the boss-outlaw had been captured. The rest of the Sharkey gang was still at large ... and gunning for her!

Here was a test of nerve and strength, a challenge no Texan could ignore. When the danger was greatest, the drifters battled on, out-shooting the lawless and thumbing their noses at law and order!

Read Chapter One here

Published January 01, 2017
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2: ARIZONA WILDCAT

The outlaws were begging for trouble when they challenged the Texas Hell-raisers! Larry and Stretch couldn't stand by and see the honest citizens of Widow's Peak swindled by the unscrupulous Jay Endean. The boss-thief was selling worthless railroad stock, and courting Tess Hapgood—the girl they called Arizona Wild-Cat.

With fast guns, hard fists and Lone Star luck, the Texans declared war, exposing the plotters for what they really were, and in so doing the stage was set for a violent showdown. They were two against many, but Larry and Stretch had no quit in them. They were in this fight to win, or die trying!


Published February 01, 2017
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3: RIDE TO WIDE GLORY

STRONG MEN, BRAVE WOMEN, TRIGGER-FAST OUTLAWS AND HERD OF TWO THOUSAND STAMPEDING LONGHORNS ...

They all play their parts in another action-filled Larry and Stretch adventure. It began in South Wyoming, when four aces made Larry Valentine a winner—but a loser as well.

The Box 7 boss was ready to drive a pay-herd into Montana Territory, and the unscrupulous Cole Banning was determined to take the herd off his hands – the hard way.

Having allied themselves to Box 7, the Lone Star Hellions found themselves battling ten bloodthirsty rustlers, two thousand stampeding steers, more than a score of hired killers, and eight beautiful women. The Texans were back in business, with a vengeance.


Published March 01, 2017
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4: NOMADS FROM TEXAS

TEXANS STICK TOGETHER … IN A FIGHT TO THE FINISH

Utah Territory was a long way from the Lone Star State, but Larry and Stretch found other Texans there—a worried squaw man and a beautiful redhead—fellow Texans in need of their help. Once again, the Nomads from Texas find, themselves involved in danger, intrigue and sudden death—distrusted by the forces of law and order—opposed by the entire 9th Cavalry - challenged by the lawless.

Larry Valentine could never turn his back on a mystery, or a fight. With Stretch Emerson as his willing shadow, and a New York journalist as interested observer, hard-hitting Larry once again proves that outlaws can't win, when they challenge the Lone Star Hellions …


Published April 01, 2017
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5: RIDE OUT SHOOTING

Hit the danger trail with Larry and Stretch ... and ride out shooting!

The battle of Moon Mountain might have been the Texans' last fight. Their luck had run out, but they were still defiant, as tough as ever, and a force to be reckoned with.

Once again, the West's rowdiest trouble-shooters are up to their Texas ears in violence, intrigue and sudden death. Once again, the fists fly and the guns roar. Once again, the lawless get more than they bargained for, in a hectic fight to the finish with the Lone Star Bravados.


Published May 01, 2017
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6: TEXANS WALK PROUD

Their names were on the bullets!

Larry and Stretch, the West's toughest trouble-shooters, came to Tyson City to solve a mystery, but their short stay almost became permanent residency—on Boot Hill.

Somebody wanted them dead. They didn't know who. They didn't know why. Riflemen sniped at them from the windswept peaks of the high country. A knife was hurled through an open window to miss Stretch Emerson by mere inches. And Larry Valentine was trapped in a burning shack by anonymous assassins. The Texans had never run from a fight, and never would. They stayed to protect the beautiful Margo Farnol, to bedevil the confused Sheriff Jennings and to trigger a showdown with the local lawless—Lone Star style!


Published June 01, 2017
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7: NEVER PROD A TEXAN

A whip-crack was the overture — and gun-thunder was the finale to another wild and hilarious escapade of the hard-punching, fast-shooting hell-raisers from Texas. Larry and Stretch came to Horton County for peace and quiet, but found intrigue, danger and gun-trouble.

The Governor of Colorado was being blackmailed by the urbane and treacherous Philo Brayner, who planned a bank robbery and a safe getaway. But the thieves reckoned without the West's toughest trouble-shooters.

The Texans played it quiet—until the final shooting showdown.


Published July 01, 2017
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8: THE FAST RIGHT HAND

It looked like a quiet town, but it pretty soon erupted into violence!

Larry and Stretch, the West's most overworked trouble-shooters, were seeking peace and quiet, a place to rest their weary Texas heads, when they rode into the tomb-silent main street of Three Springs, South Nevada.

They hadn't time to cool their saddles before the violence flared and, once again the Lone Star Hellions found themselves in the thick of a suspense-filled adventure, spiked with intrigue and the threat of sudden death.

To help a troubled town, and to defy the power of twenty-four blood-thirsty bandidos, the Texans needed all their Texas savvy, their Lone Star Luck, their rock-hard fists and their booming .45s.


Published August 01, 2017
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9: CLOSE IN FOR SHOWDOWN

It looked like a quiet town, but it pretty soon erupted into violence!

From the moment they crossed the line and entered Beck County, Larry and Stretch were fated to risk their lives in a bloody battle with the lawless. Carew Canyon—a rich prize—was thrown open for a land-rush, and the West's toughest trouble-shooters were caught in a web of intrigue, forced to ride in the roughest, most grueling race known to man.

Here are the Lone Star Hellions at their rough and ready best, bedeviling the forces of law and order, challenging the thieves and killers of a wild frontier and adding another hectic chapter to the story of their violent career.


Published September 01, 2017
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10: TEXAS GUN GHOST

It Began In The Merciless Desert … And Ended In The Ghost Town

Haunted by a sharp-shooting ghost, deserted Fortuna offered no warm welcome to the Lone Star Hellions and their new allies — three desperate men and four frightened women left to die in the arid heart of the Big Amarillo.

Also in need of shelter were the infamous Cleave Elrigg and his trigger- happy cohorts — six escapees from the Pima Valley Prison, who were determined never to be recaptured.

The climax, an explosion of violence and mayhem, echoed to every corner of the ghost town, with the West's toughest trouble-shooters well to the fore of the fray.


Published October 01, 2017
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11: LONE STAR VALIANT

STRETCH EMERSON … PLAYING A LONE HAND!

It had never happened before, but it was happening now, and the taller Texan just had to face up to it, Larry Valentine was in jail, facing a trumped-up charge of murder and theft.

One of the Lone Star Hellions imprisoned, wounded and helpless. The other on the loose, and ready to fight every outlaw of North Nevada for the sake of proving his partner's innocence. This was the situation that threw Finn County into uproar.

In this hard-hitting western, the popular Stretch Emerson assumes the role of hero and impersonates Wild Buck Kelsey, the star of Rowdy Rufe's Frontier Show, with hectic and hilarious consequences, and to the ultimate downfall of eight unscrupulous enemies.


Published November 01, 2017
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12: COLORADO PURSUIT

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