Buchanan, a drifter heading towards San Francisco, ends up helping an old friend protect his mine from crooks, owlhoots, Mexican bandits, Indians, and other challengers in Jonas Ward's Trap for Buchanan.
This was another book featuring an author I had never heard of that I nabbed in a big handful from a flea market and have worked through sporadically. Jonas Ward was a pseudonym used by a handful of writers in the 60s and 70s in westerns featuring the honorable cowpoke. There was also a good movie starring Randolph Scott as the lantern-jawed Buchanan. Trap for Buchanan was apparently written by William R. Cox, who seemed to have penned the lion's share of the series.
It is a nicely sturdy western with a hero who doesn't like fighting but, naturally, can only be pushed so far before fighting back. Although not outstanding, it is certainly more serviceable than many Westerns and I will look for more by the phantom Jonas Ward.