Marjorie Burger

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["The Black Stallion Mystery" is] a rather sinister story of revenge and the resurrection of a horse. This book rounds out Walter Farley's baker's dozen of very readable horse stories, but the melodrama is overdone. This reader hopes Mr. Farley's next volume will be more cheerful.

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Marjorie Burger, "Mission to Spain: 'The Black Stallion Mystery'," in The New York Times Book Review (© 1957 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), October 13, 1957, p. 51.

Among the skills which the jet-age has forgotten is that highly disciplined and demanding profession of horse taming. In [The Horse Tamer], Henry Dailey traces the high points of his brother Bill's career, his bold genius in making the wildest, most rebellious animal yield to the reins of a master…. Walter Farley writes with his usual vigor and comprehension of horses and the men who are dedicated to them, filling his story with believable adventure and authentic background material.

"Fiction: 'The Horse Tamer'," in Virginia Kirkus' Service, Vol. XXVI, No. 13, July 1, 1958, p. 463.

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