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Stan Lynde was born and reared on the rangelands of the Crow Indian Reservation of southeastern Montana. He is the creator, author, and artist of two highly acclaimed nationally syndicated cartoon strips, Rick O’Shay and Latigo. Stan has been listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Art. He received the Inkpot Award in 1977 for achievement in the comic arts and the Montana Governor’s Award for the Arts in 1983. Stan is a prolific and popular author of western fiction. His eight published novels, set in Montana Territory during the 1880s, include seven novels in his Merlin Fanshaw series. He is a 2009 winner of Western Writers of America’s prestigious SPUR Award for the audiobook of his 2008 novel, Vendetta Canyon. Stan and his wife Lynda live in Helena, Montana.