Introduced to Westerns some 15 years ago, they are now my best de-stress read. Among them the stack of Louis L’Amour books takes up an entire bookshelf. While at one level the books are about guns and fights, read as a series, it is one giant story of the settlement of a continent and the transformation of a nation from nomadic tribal to settled institutional. Such times of transition throw up the worst and the best. L’Amour heroes were the best who fought with some of the worst greasy gun slingers who wore their guns tied down low and... Right. Let me get back to the column.