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A dusty oldie from Elmore Leonard
on 5 May 2013
This early western novel by Elmore Leonard has a few good writing moments but the author's great dialogues and interesting characters aren't yet present. This is mostly a narrative account of a face off in 1860s Arizona Territory between a returned Confederate Army veteran (the protagonist) and local desperadoes, mostly supporting the Union side. The story is alright, but the dialogues are often contrived and windy, with the characters a little cliched.
Leonard has written dozens of much better books since this was published in 1959. Unless you're determined to read everything that he's written, you could safely skip this one.