“Zane Gray and many other western authors understood that the only thing standing between civilization and the outlaws who preyed on the innocent were those few cowboys who held to the code of the west. Civilization might hate and despise them for the violence of their methods–but civilization most certainly could not survive without their moral clarity and protection.”
It’s part of why I loved Zane Gray. And Louis L’Amour.
Btw, Zane Gray’s books were the first fiction I personally ever read. The story of why I read them is here, but I chose Zane Gray because my mother recommended them. She had read them and she liked them.
A whole collection of his books became available at the library, but they wanted collector prices for them.