Juri Nummelin points out in his comment on my post about the Saddlebums blog that Brian Garfield, in his interview there, includes Bart Spicer in a short list of Western writers he admires. Juri didn't know that Spicer, best known for his series of novels about private eye Carney Wilde, had written any Westerns, and I didn't, either. I'm still not sure he did, but as the covers above indicate, Spicer certainly wrote some historical novels. Both of these appear to be Revolutionary War stories, and he wrote at least one other novel with a Revolutionary War background, BROTHER TO THE ENEMY, about Benedict Arnold. By the way, the cover for THE DAY BEFORE THUNDER is by James Bama. Never saw any women like that on those Doc Savage covers Bama is justly famous for.
THRILLING WESTERN October 1953
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