Sunday, November 25, 2012
The Last Lawman
Brandvold spends a lot of time with Stanhope and his gang, the Vultures, showing the reader just what a lowlife this guy is. Brandvold wants you to hate him, and boy I do. But Stanhope is smart too, and he seems to be ahead of Spurr and his allies at every turn, taking a serious toll on the heroes as the book progresses.
Brandvold gives me even more to like when his hero from another series, half-breed Yakima Henry, shows up to back Spurr's play. You know what a sucker I am for a crossover. (And Spurr himself is a character from Brandvold's Cuno Massey series.)
Spurr's age makes him somewhat different than Yakima Henry or my favorite Brandvold character, The Rogue Lawman, in that Spurr can't be quite the bull in a china shop that the younger heroes are, but he makes up for it with experience and guile, and he's by no means a slouch when it comes to fannin' lead. This is a fast action, pulp style Western, my favorite kind, but there's quite a bit of rumination on growing older.
This is apparently the first in a series, though, so it looks like Spurr has a few good years left. Looking forward to joining him for more adventures.
Next up on my Brandvold (under his Frank Leslie pen-name) reading list is Dead Man's Trail, a new Yakima Henry novel which takes place around Christmas.