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* CreepyMorician: Barnaby Gold was this before becoming a gunslinger. The folks of his hometown always regarded him as '[[AmbiguousDisorder not right up top]]'; being cold and emotionally detached and not having normal emotional responses to events like his father's death.

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* CreepyMorician: CreepyMortician: Barnaby Gold was this before becoming a gunslinger. The folks of his hometown always regarded him as '[[AmbiguousDisorder not right up top]]'; being cold and emotionally detached and not having normal emotional responses to events like his father's death.

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* CreepyMorician: Barnaby Gold was this before becoming a gunslinger. The folks of his hometown always regarded him as '[[AmbiguousDisorder not right up top]]'; being cold and emotionally detached and not having normal emotional responses to events like his father's death.

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* {{Undertaker}}: Barnaby's original profession (and that of his father). He continues to dress the part after taking up the gun.

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* DueToTheDead: It is a point of personal honour for Barnaby Gold--who was an undertaker before becoming a {{Gunslinger}}--that he personally buries the bodies of every person he kills.

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* BadassLongcoat: Gold dresses in a black caped great coat.


* AdventureTowns: As is typical in Westerns of this ilk, Barnaby invatiably stumbles into trouble wherever he turns up.

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* AdventureTowns: As is typical in Westerns of this ilk, Barnaby invatiably inevitably stumbles into trouble wherever he turns up.



* MeekTownsman: The citizens of Fairfax burn down Gold's undertaking business, and then pay him off to leave town because they don't want to face the trouble his killing of Floyd Channon will bring down on the town.



* WalkingTheEarth: After killing the man who murdered his wife, Gold has his business burnt down and is driven out of town by the MeekTownsfolk who do not want the heat that the killing will bring down on the town. Gold becomes [[TheDrifter a drifter]], roaming the West and staying one jump ahead of the bounty hunters who come after him.

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* WalkingTheEarth: After killing the man who murdered his wife, Gold has his business burnt down and is driven out of town by the MeekTownsfolk [[MeekTownsman Meek Townsfolk]] who do not want the heat that the killing will bring down on the town. Gold becomes [[TheDrifter a drifter]], roaming the West and staying one jump ahead of the bounty hunters who come after him.



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* WalkingTheEarth: After killing the man who murdered his wife, Gold has his business burnt down and is driven out of town by the MeekTownsfolk who do not want the heat that the killing will bring down on the town. Gold becomes [[TheDrifter a drifter]], roaming the West and staying one jump ahead of the bounty hunters who come after him.

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* AdventureTowns: As is typical in Westerns of this ilk, Barnaby invatiably stumbles into trouble wherever he turns up.


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* TheDrifter: Barnaby Gold. Originally planning on travelling to Europe following his father's death, he goes on the run after killing Floyd Channon in the first book. He roams the West after that, staying one step ahead of the bounty hunters who are after him.


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''The Undertaker'' was the third series produced by prolific {{Western}} writer Terry Harknett under the psudeonym George. Gilman. The central character, Barnaby Gold, a.k.a. The Undertaker, makes his first appearance in ''Black as Death'' (1980), when he kills the rancher who murdered his libidinous wife. In subsequent books, he finds himself hunted by relatives of the deceased, who constantly frustrate his plans to leave the United States for Europe. Gold appeared in six books altogether, and made a fleeting appearance in the final, ultra-rare ''Literature/{{Edge}}'' novel, ''The Rifle'' (1989).

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''The Undertaker'' was the third series produced by prolific {{Western}} writer Terry Harknett under the psudeonym George.pseudonym George G. Gilman. The central character, Barnaby Gold, a.k.a. The Undertaker, makes his first appearance in ''Black as Death'' (1980), when he kills the rancher who murdered his libidinous wife. In subsequent books, he finds himself hunted by relatives of the deceased, who constantly frustrate his plans to leave the United States for Europe. Gold appeared in six books altogether, and made a fleeting appearance in the final, ultra-rare ''Literature/{{Edge}}'' novel, ''The Rifle'' (1989).



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* UnorthodoxHolstering: Barnaby Gold has a pistol on the lefthand side of his gunbelt mounted on a swivel. Having unpicked the seam of the left pocket of his longcoat, he can reach through the pocket and swivel the pistol to fire through his coat even while seated.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Barnaby Gold is generally regarded as 'not right up top'; being cold and emotionally detached and not having normal emotional responses to events like his father's death.


* TheGunslinger: Barnaby Gold

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* TheGunslinger: Barnaby GoldGold. Primarily a quick draw.


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* MuggingTheMonster: Three outlaws attempt to rob Barnaby when he rides out of Fairfax in ''Black as Death''. Barnaby is able to overpower one of them and take his gun. Although he he wins the subsequent gunfight partially by luck, this encounter is what causes him to discover his instinctive ability with firearms.

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''The Undertaker'' was the third series produced by prolific {{Western}} writer Terry Harknett under the psudeonym George. Gilman. The central character, Barnaby Gold, a.k.a. The Undertaker, makes his first appearance in ''Black as Death'' (1980), when he kills the rancher who murdered his libidinous wife. In subsequent books, he finds himself hunted by relatives of the deceased, who constantly frustrate his plans to leave the United States for Europe. Gold appeared in six books altogether, and made a fleeting appearance in the final, ultra-rare ''Literature/{{Edge}}'' novel, ''The Rifle'' (1989).

As may be guessed from the series title, Gold was an undertaker before going on the run. One quirk that sets him apart from other gunslingers is that he insists on personally burying anyone he kills.

The books in ''The Undertaker'' series are:

# ''Black as Death''
# ''Destined to Die''
# ''Funeral by the Sea''
# ''Three Graves to a Showdown''
# ''Back From the Dead''
# ''Death in the Desert''

!!Tropes in ''The Undertaker'' novels include:

* CouldntFindALighter: Crossed with MoneyToBurn in ''Black as Death''. Barnaby sets fire to the bag of cash the townsfolk gave to pay for burning down his business and uses the bag to light a cheroot. Of course, as he uses a match to set fire to the bag, he is doing it to make a point.
* TheGunslinger: Barnaby Gold
* MoneyToBurn: Crossed with CouldntFindALighter in ''Black as Death''. When the townsfolk hand Barnaby a paper bag full of cash to pay for burning down his business, he sets fire to the bag and uses the burning bag to light a cheroot.
* OutlawTown: Gold finds himself trapped in an outlaw town in ''Funeral by the Sea''.

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