A cowboy story with heart,
This review is from: The Ghosts of Poynter (Black Horse Western) (Hardcover)
I haven't read many western books, though I do like to watch a good western. The Black Horse westerns from Hale are akin to watching a western on Sunday afternoon televison. They're short and sweet, and just right as a form of escapism. This particular story had all the right elements. A wise-cracking bounty hunter, someone who is trying to kill him, a cute kid, and the ghost of an old love.
Chase Tyler is a real western hero, with a great sense of humour. He's also a man with a past and that past catches up with him when he returns to his hometown of Poynter. I particularly like that he was forced to come to terms with the man he had become since his childhood sweetheart died in a fire. He wasn't perfect, as shown with his feud with his brother-in-law, and that made him very real. But he was likeable, and that's important for any western hero.
Once the scene had been set, the story moved on at a cracking pace, so that each page seemed to turn itself. There are enough shootouts to please any western fan, and enough romance to make this story appeal to women too.
If you're looking for escapism, this book is for you.