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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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No Traveller Returns (Lost Treasures)
A Novel
By (author): Louis L'Amour By (author): Beau L'Amour
9780425284445 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Action & Adventure Nov 20, 2018
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.4 x 9.6 x 0.9 in 256 pages Bantam Dell Bantam
Louis L’Amour’s long-lost first novel, faithfully completed by his son, takes readers on a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas.

Fate is a ship.

As the shadows of World War II gather, the SS Lichenfield is westbound across the Pacific carrying eighty thousand barrels of highly explosive naphtha. The cargo alone makes the journey perilous, with the entire crew aware that one careless moment could lead to disaster.

But another sort of peril haunts the Lichenfield. Even beyond their day-to-day existence, the lives of the crew are mysteriously intertwined. Though each has his own history, dreams and jealousies, longing and rage, all are connected by a deadly web of chance and circumstance.

Some are desperately fleeing the past; others chase an unknown destiny. A few are driven by the desire for adventure, while their shipmates cling to the Lichenfield as their only true home. In their hearts, these men, as well as the women and children they have left behind, carry the seeds of salvation or destruction. And all of them—kind or cruel, strong or broken—are bound to the fate of the vessel that carries them toward an ever-darkening horizon.

Inspired by Louis L’Amour’s own experiences as a merchant seaman, No Traveller Returns is a revelatory work by a world-renowned author—and a brilliant illustration of a writer discovering his literary voice.

Story Locale: San Pedro, CA; the Pacific Ocean; Manila, Philippines

Series Overview: Louis L’Amour’s Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author’s more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives.

PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED: This lost first novel is a trove of new insight that displays L’Amour’s singular vision and virtuosity in a rare WWII setting on the high seas.



LEGENDARY AUTHOR: Louis L’Amour is one of the bestselling authors of all time, with more than 300 million copies of his books in print. Considered one of the fathers of the modern Western, Louis L’Amour’s work transcends generations.

DEDICATED WEBSITE: will feature the book and engage readers with additional story fragments and commentary.

“LOST TREASURES” MASS MARKETS WITH BONUS MATERIAL: Leading up to the release of No Traveller Returns, repackaged mass market editions of some of the author’s most beloved works will continue to be re-released (as part of the Lost Treasures project) in Spring 2018 and Summer 2018, featuring the Lost Treasures banner, bonus material, and new ISBNs, including Bowdrie (5/18), Catlow (6/18), Fair Blows the Wind (7/18), and many more.

Our foremost storyteller of the authentic West, LOUIS L’AMOUR (1908-1988) has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and women who settled the American frontier. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print around the world.

BEAU L’AMOUR is an author, art director, and editor. He has also worked in the film, television, magazine, and recording industries. Since 1988 he has been the manager of the estate of his father, Louis L’Amour.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

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“A highly entertaining nautical adventure…Beau L’Amour has done his father’s fans a service by showcasing the future bestselling author’s already developed storytelling and mature insights into human nature.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Although L’Amour’s name will be forever linked with the American West, fans should welcome the opportunity to read some of his early work. …The insight into each character is typical of everything L’Amour ever wrote.”Booklist

Praise for Louis L’Amour
“L’Amour is popular for all the right reasons. His books embody heroic virtues that seem to matter now more than ever.”The Wall Street Journal
“A master storyteller.”Kirkus Reviews

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