Warlock (Oakley Hall novel)
Cover of first edition
|Series||Legends West trilogy|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|Followed by||The Bad Lands|
Hall's most famous novel, Warlock was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1958. Writer Thomas Pynchon praised it for restoring "to the myth of Tombstone its full, mortal, blooded humanity" and showing "that what is called society, with its law and order, is as frail, as precarious, as flesh and can be snuffed out and assimilated into the desert as easily as a corpse can. It is the deep sensitivity to abysses that makes Warlock one of our best American novels."
In the frontier boomtown of Warlock, residents attempt to keep the peace. After violence escalates, a committee determines to take a course of action against criminal cowboys and cattle rustlers. A Texas gunslinger named Clay Blaisedell is hired and, although things go smoothly at first, the morality of life in the legal no-man's-land becomes ever more ambiguous.
- Pictorial History of the Wild West by James D. Horan and Paul Sann ISBN 0-600-03103-9, ISBN 978-0-600-03103-1
- Carlson, Michael (2008-06-18). "Oakley Hall: Obituaries: guardian.co.uk". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2008-06-22.
- Hall, Oakley Warlock (Author Biography)
- Pynchon, Thomas A Review of Oakley Hall's Warlock