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This story was first published in 1932 as a six part serial in “Street & Smith’s Western Story Magazine.” It was written under one of Frederick Schiller Faust’s pen names John Frederick. The story was published again in 2010 under Faust’s most popular nom de plume Max Brand. It has been published both in print and e-book and in 2013 Audible published it as an audiobook.
This is a different type of western, it first lead you on as routine western story then suddenly the plot changes. The story starts with notorious outlaw Lawrence Gray being captured near El Paso, Texas. Marshal Neilan has a proposal for him, to go to San Vicente Mexico and locate a man called John Ray. Four men that were previously sent were found dead or have disappeared. The reason for finding John Ray I will not divulge. The story winds its way though twists and turns and the ending is even a bigger twist.
The story is exciting and easy to read. It has humor, suspense, action and of course, romance. The story was written in 1932 and must be judged as of its time. I have read so many stories written in the 1920s and 1930s I have no problem mentally slipping into that time frame. If you would like a well written get away from it all story this book is for you. Michael Sutherland does a good job narrating the story. He is a new narrator for me.
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