West of Cheyenne
By Lee Hoffman
Doubleday, 1969. 190 pgs. Fiction
When Eben Hawkins headed west, he thought he could leave the past behind. Free after several years as a prisoner, he just wanted to be left alone. Hawkins could stand a lot of heat, but when a rancher named Starrett and his bully cowboys tried to burn him out of a homestead where he had every right to be, they were tangling with the wrong man.
This is a great, classic western story about protecting what's yours and standing up for yourself. I enjoyed this book, though I started out disliking the main character. But he went from a hardened and untrusting man to finding himself again - very satisfying.