The time is 1813, during America's last war with England; the place is the Ohio Valley, the thickly wooded, hilly, creek-carved highway of western settlement. Wolves still howl at midnight on village greens. Each log cabin is a fortress, and no one travels without a knife and gun. Through this armed and fearful countryside, three people--Ely Jackson, a 17-year-old backwoods boy; Owen Lightfoot, a lawyer from Philadelphia with a romantic view of the frontier; and Rain Hawk, a half-breed girl living on her own in the wilderness--chase an awesome quarry, a mysterious giant-like figure who is on the run for murder. Ely and Owen set out on the trail of the "Bearman" with the intent of bringing him "to justice," while Rain Hawk struggles to protect him from the public's wrath. Bad Man Ballad is a riveting tale by a masterful storyteller and an appealing contemporary addition to the Library of Indiana Classics.
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The Bad Man Ballad by Scott Russell Sanders, originally published by Bradbury Press in 1986, begins with the discovery of a murdered dwarf in 1813 in the Ohio Valley, and becomes a quest for a lawyer and a teenage boy to find the ""giant"" responsible, in this unflinching portrait of mob mentalit...| Read Full Review of Bad Man Ballad (Library of In...