I’ve been in the mood lately to read a sentimental, good hearted western. You know, the kind where the hero wears a white hat, you can tell who the bad guys are, and you can get through the story believing that the lead didn’t pick up syphilis. Not necessarily a simple story, but one where the moral compass of the hero guides him or her through difficult decisions and sees right and justice done at sundown. You know, the kind of story the people think of when they make fun of westerns.
The problem is I can’t seem to find one.
The closest that I get are parodies of this kind of western: the modern Rawhide Kid comics, maybe the unsung film Rustler’s Rhapsody. Fun, but I'm hoping for a novel, and the genuine article rather than a parody. Whatever happened to that classic morality tale that makes up the stereotypical western? Am I looking in the wrong place? Advice, please, I could use some recommendations for a new book.