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Thin veneer of civilisation,
This review is from: Pack Rat (Black Horse Western) (Hardcover)
This is a fast-paced Western that grabs attention from the first page. There is a strong thread of loyalty and pay-back throughout the book, as Carson seeks to avenge the killer of an old-timer who saved his life in the wilderness. Along the road to the climax he encounters others on both sides, or straddling, the thin veneer line of civilisation in a town where law and justice has been displaced by anarchy. Codes of honour in this book clash with those who seek to dispense with these in favour of brutal self-interest - and who will kill anyone who gets in their way. The action sequences are handled well; look out for one involving an induced stampede, where the night adds to the sense of confusion and danger. The dialogue is taut and spare, and serves well to advance the action and to illustrate the traits of each character. If you like your westerns to move at a brisk pace, with a mixture of characters, both traditional and independently quirky, you will enjoy this book.