The Reluctant Pinkerton follows Bullets and Lies but can be read as a stand-alone novel. The main character, Talbot Roper, is considered by many to be the best private detective in the country. The author, Robert J. Randisi, creator of the legendary The Gunsmith series, is a master at creating interesting characters. Naturally, he puts his characters into some very interesting situations, and that’s when the fun really begins. Roper is solicited by the sons of Allan Pinkerton to look into some sabotage against the Union Stockyard Company. Dead and mutilated cattle, suspicious fires, and even murder have made the cattle business down in Fort Worth, Texas downright dangerous. Roper, suspecting more than he is being told, takes the assignment and soon finds out that staying alive can be a real challenge. The Reluctant Pinkerton is quintessential Randisi – entertaining and easy to read. I whipped through these chapters quickly because I wanted to see how it all plays it. You might be surprised at how some characters turn out, but I won’t tell. Roper goes undercover to get at the truth, encounters a damsel or two, and Randisi had me guessing as to how it would end. Of course, I knew that Roper would prevail, but the details in the plotting were a surprise. This is a testament to Randisi who never seems to run out of surprises. Published by Berkley with yet another great cover by Dennis Lyall, The Reluctant Pinkerton is custom-made for both paperback collectors and lovers of westerns.