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Publisher's Summary

Gustav "Old Red" Amlingmeyer is an old-fashioned kind of guy: He prefers a long trail ride even when a train ticket can get him where he's going in one-tenth the time. So when it's Old Red who insists on guarding the Pacific Express, despite a generations-old family distrust of the farm stealin', cattle-killin', money-grubbing' railroads, Big Red is flummoxed. But as usual, he'll follow his ornery brother just about anywhere. Trapped on a thousand tons of steam-driven steel, Old Red and Big Red find themselves riding with a crafty gang of outlaws, a baggage car jam-packed with secrets, and a killer hidden among the colorful passengers. Filled with all the wit, flavor, humor, and suspense that made Holmes on the Range such a critical hit, On the Wrong Tack will have you rushing to the station!
©2007 Steve Hockensmith; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Hilarious." (Publishers Weekly)
"As a lively Holmes takeoff, as an inventive melding of mystery and western genres, and as a new source of damn good reading, this series demands attention." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Onora on 06-17-07


A western, amystery and Sherlock Holme all in one book. I fervently hope there is another book to come. Read this book if you like any of the above.

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4 out of 5 stars
By BJG on 06-12-12

My favorite so far

This is my favorite in the series so far. Having all the suspects and witnesses stuck on a train makes things a bit more tense and dramatic. I agree with other reviewers that the language is a bit strong, which you'd expect from a couple of un-refined cow hands, and the narration is too exagerated, but the charactrers and setting are so much fun and the story is well told that I didn't mind. If you don't like curse words, though, keep looking. (The 'Her Royal Spyness' series by Reys Bowen is quite good with no bad words.)

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