Friday, December 22, 2017

Lawmen Ride Alone by Cole Shelton

NOTE: ClevelandWesterns (Follow this Link) are published out of Australia. The many authors use a pseudonym and I have little information on their true identities. I respect the fact that some writers prefer to use an alias. I am also in the dark as to the names of the cover artists. Should any author or artist or their fans wish to share any relevant information, feel free to contact this blog and I’ll be happy to tip my Stetson to them. Thank you!

This Cleveland Western digest was originally published in 1966. The current printing features perhaps the best Western cover any trail weary cowboy could look at. A voluptuous woman wearing a Stetson and cowboy boots and not much else while firing a Winchester is sure to get your spurs jingling. Lawmen Ride Alone is typical and entertaining. It has been confirmed that the author is Roger Green, born 1937 in Brighton, East Sussex, England, who also wrote under the pseudonym Sundown McCabe. Lawmen Ride Alone has a solid hero, Dane Brand, who finds trouble on page one when Joshua Rettle gets into a poker dispute. After an obligatory saloon brawl, Brand is recruited to help a fellow named McLure get to the town of Tuolumne near Yosemite. A family of religious green horn immigrants are intent on getting themselves and all of their belongings to Tuolumne, and Brand needs the money. Off they go, and the preacher’s daughter Averill McLuire, who takes a romantic fancy to Brand, has a lot more on her mind than religion. In fact, the McLure family has a rich history and some scores to settle. By the end of chapter two readers will be delighted to learn that Averill is anything but a straight-laced hymn-singing hen. Tough writing and great characters populate this tightly plotted action-oater. Cleveland Westerns differ somewhat from the Hale/Crowood Black Horse Westerns in that they offer a little more spice in the recipe. A scene that resembles the saucy cover occurs on page 27, and Brand soon learns that Averill’s father can handle a gun, too. Once in Tuolumne, the plot spirals into a vengeance themed action story, with Averill offering the teasing delights a lonely man on the trail needs. There’s a badass named Lukas Kruger, and Brand officially becomes a lawman. But do all lawmen need to ride alone, especially with the wanton Averill waiting to be conquered? Why shucks, pards, you’ll just have to order this one and find out. I recommend this one complemented by the occasional snort of whiskey.

NOTE: This is my third post for a Cleveland Western. I have accumulated a stack of them with more on the way, so check back in 2018 for more rambunctious action!

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