This Cash Laramie tale is by a different author, and so I approached it with a degree of trepidation. I need not have worried, as Cash is just the same as ever. He's strong, self-contained, determined, practical, compassionate, tough as nails, pragmatic, and not riven by angst when the situation involves violence and killing: he knows his duty, and he does it.
Wayne D Dundee has excellent descriptive powers, painting clear pictures of the tired town and the nature of the surrounding country and its climate - to say nothing of bar fights and fires, shootings and disembowellings. The characters, too, are well-drawn, with the minimum of words. The two "soiled doves" are very different from each other; Parley is extremely brave; Merl Crane's thinking is well-reasoned and credible, and I could have wept for Freckles.
There's so much more to the book than the simple plot outline would suggest. There's lots of excitement and a fair bit of violence, but it all fits together logically, and the momentum never slows. The tale is about 102 pages long, and, satisfying as it was, it was still too short, and I did so want to know what became of Faye...
I'm now going to spend a disproportionate amount of my time searching for more Cash Laramie adventures by other authors. If there are any, and they're as good as this one, it'll be worth every minute.