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The Ox-Bow Incident Summary
Walter Van Tilburg Clark

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The Ox-Bow Incident Summary

Plot Summary

The Ox-Bow Incident is a novel by famed western writer Walter Van Tilburg Clark. In this novel, two cowboys return to town after a long winter caring for a herd of cows. Within hours the men become a part of a mob outraged both over the theft of some cattle and the murder of a popular cowhand. Arguments are made for and against tracking the criminals and hanging them before the law can interfere. Finally the mob goes after the killers, cornering them in a meadow known as Ox-Bow. The mob hangs the men despite some doubt as to their guilt, only to learn they should have waited. The Ox-Bow Incident is a study in mob mentality that will stick with its readers for a long time after the final sentence is read.

Gil Carter and Art Croft come into town after wintering with a herd of cattle...

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