Western Action (Novels Magazine)
The numbering of this magazine is slightly odd as it ran as Western Action Novels from v2 #1, March 1936 to v4 #6, October 1938 before simultaneously changing to Western Action with v5 #1, December 1938 (as which it ran until 1960) AND restarting as v1 #1, November 1938 (as which it ran for only five issues, interleaved with the renamed version).
British, and Canadian, reprint editions exist for the magazine.
A MIND FOR KILLING—LON WILLIAMS
One-Half Tompkins sure looked and acted loco, and French Demeree contended that a crazy man is not legally responsible if he kills someone. But Judge Steele figured that “crazy” could sometimes mean “crazy like a fox”.
EDWARD THE CONFESSOR—Lon Williams
The case against Edward Slocum looked as airtight as Judge Steele could hope for – but somehow, he was worried. Slocum’s lawyer was a real tricky-looking gent, and didn’t seem at all disturbed by the fact that the prosecution had a signed confession from the accused.
DEATH'S SERENADE—LON WILLIAMS
What had happened to prosecuting, attorney Wade Claybrook, Judge Steele wanted to know. Why here this consarned lawyer, supposed to be on the side of justice, was doing his dangest to discredit his own best witness. How did you get to hang a murderer that way?
A YEAR AND A DAY—LON WILLIAMS
Judge Steele was ready to chew nails. Be-consarned, but if it turned out that this victim had died more than a year and a day after he’d been shot, then the monkey who shot him couldn’t be tried for murder!
POINT OF NO RETURN—LON WILLIAMS
The question was: if William Shore had been involved in a conspiracy to rob the stage coach - a robbery which resulted in murder - and had renounced the role, had he nonetheless changed his mind too late?
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