Books: Don Coyote

SCANDALOUS JOHN by Richard Gardner. 226 pages. Doubleday. $3.95.

"Yahoo!" the wing-mustached old saddle tramp yelled, reining up in the startled dude resort of Warbag, Colo. "I'm Scandalous John McCanless, and I've got the prettiest daughter, the fastest horse, and the ugliest partner in the district, and I'm a ring-tailed screamer lookin' for a fight!"

Women clutched children to their skirts and men edged for cover, for all knew that Scandalous John was the meatiest waddie ever to ride out of the West—the 1960s West of tail-finned Cadillacs and fat farm subsidies, that is. Unhappily, his neighbors back home in New Mexico considered...

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