Frederick Schiller Faust (May 29, 1892 – May 12, 1944) was an American author known primarily for his thoughtful and literary Westerns. Faust wrote mostly under pen names, but today is primarily known by only one, Max Brand. Others include George Owen Baxter, George Evans, David Manning, John Frederick, Peter Morland, George Challis, and Frederick Frost. This is one of the great Western novels. The plot is well constructed with well drawn subsidiary characters and provides a number of interesting twists. Max Brand’s style of writing is classic Western, heroes and villains, good guys and bad guys, wide open country.