- "A run-in with a raging bull is nothing compared to a bullet aimed at your back!"
- — Tagline, from the front cover
Rough Riding is the 68th book in the The Hardy Boys Casefiles series.
Frank and Joe are learning the true meaning of the words "Wild West." Invited to stay at a ranch in the Texas Panhandle, they arrive just in time to attend the Dry Valley Rodeo. The star of the show is a rugged young cowboy named Buck -- but his day in the sun is about to take a dark turn: he's riding straight into a Texas-size setup!
Buck's high-powered performance is abruptly cut short by a high-powered rifle, and the Hardys are determined to find out why. The truth may lie in Buck's shadowy past or in his sudden success, but one thing's for sure: money and lives are at stake. The boys had better learn the rodeo ropes fast, or they may be the ones to bite the dust!