Bantam, May 2001, 16.95, 288 pp.
In spite of some powerful western novels written during the nineties, Louis L'Amour, who died in 1988, remains the king of the genre. MAY THERE BE A ROAD showcases Mr. L'Amour incredible skill as an author, but not in the genre that has made him a household name. Instead this ten-story collection spans the globe and the genres. From the Himalayas to Alaska to Brazil, etc., the stories take readers on a global tour. From a hard-boiled detective story to a war between Tibetan peasants and Chinese soldiers to a boxer seeking a second chance, etc., the tales encompass literature as a whole. This is my first look at a Mr. L'Amour story outside the west and I found each tale well written, exciting, and keeping with his famous theme of people in conflict trying to overcome the odds. This is an excellent collection that fans of the awe-inspiring writer will want to read as well anyone who enjoys a variety anthology.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner