Originally Posted by alchemist
The only one I've read is Conagher by Louis L'Amour (for research purposes, as I have a lot of desert in my WIP). It's said he's the master, but found it extremely cliched ( a drifter, a man's man who's uncomfortable around women, especially those who are a mite pretty). Maybe that's more a function of how old the book is; it's probaly consistent with the Western movies of the time.
Not that I have ever read one, but I don't think they could be cliched, we mustn't forget Louis LAmour has been doing since way before some of our parents were born so I assume it's because stories were still being developed along the years into more complex ones. I also assume there is only so much you can do with a western story as you can do with a detective story maybe? I stand corrected.