For four months I've been eagerly waiting for the publication of this book, for four months waiting for the fate of Zach King to be told. For his part in a brutal massacre, see book #39 in the series; Firewater, Zach has been arrested and taken for trial at the end of the previous book #41: By Duty Bound.
Was the wait worth it?
You bet it was!
David Thompson continues the story with Zach's family and friends racing to reach him in time for the trial, a trial that seems rigged to send Zach to the gallows. Zach has been appointed an inexperienced lawyer who's up against the best, a lawyer who has no chance of saving Zach from being hanged.
As problem after problem beset those riding to help him it seems they wont make it in time. Zach's wife has plans to free him too, plans that can only lead to both their deaths surely? Zach's lawyer begins to suspect there's more to wanting his client dead too, more than just hanging him for the massacre.
Once again David Thompson has come up with the goods as he answers some, but not all the questions above, and leaves you with more, in a fast moving story which once begun is impossible to put down until you reach the end...only to find you've got to wait another four months to find out what happens next!
A very highly recommended read.