I remember hearing the Lone Ranger saying this. The latest book I read brought this back to mind. Echo Burning is written by Lee Child. The sleuth in the book is called Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher is an ex-military cop who is a drifter. The impression I got from this first book that I have read about him (actually the fifth in the series) was that he is kind of like the Lone Ranger. He drifts into town, he sees some people in trouble, he helps bring justice, and then he rides off into the "sunset".
Jack Reacher is one of those kind of "guys" I like to read about. He thinks before he does something. Also he tries to get out of a situation without violence if all possible. And after thinking about it, the "violence" he uses is only as a last resort.
Another phrase I would use to describe him would be a real "good guy". This book took place in Texas but he is not one of those Texas sleuths that I like to read about. Will I read more of the books with him in them? YOU BET I WOULD!!! I plan on going back to the first book in the series.