The Mysterious Rider -Â From the master of the western comes a novel full of romance and adventure. Rancher Bill Bellounds brought up Columbine as though she were his daughter. Out of affection for her foster father, Columbine agrees to marry his son Jack, who is a drunkard, gambler, coward, and thief. But she really loves the cowboy, Wilson Moore. Then, the Mysterious Rider appears at the Bellounds ranch, a man of middle age, gentle, kindly, but so formidable a gun fighter he has earned the nickname Hell Bent Wade. He plays a pivotal role in righting the wrongs in the story.