Monday, 28 July 2008

The Gunsmith #32

as by J.R. Roberts
Charter, September 1984

Dublin is a small coal-mining town in Colorado and it’s here the Gunsmith finds himself in the middle of a bloody feud with a band of Molly Maguires on one side and an English mine owner on the other. Clint Adams tries to be a peacemaker but to make matters worse, an old enemy is stalking him too.

Like a lot of Gunsmith books this has little action at the beginning, the author using this time to introduce his characters, their intentions and lay out his plot. As you read on the pace increases, helping to build the suspense as to the outcome of the book.

I got the impression of Adams being a more foul mouthed, tougher, no-nonsense type of man than in other Gunsmith books I’ve read, which gave the book a gritty style.

As usual the story is very much dialogue driven and, like all the early books in the series, has plenty of willing women eager to take Adams to their beds.

Having The Gunsmith stalked by a vengeance hungry man, who appeared in an earlier book, was a nice touch that helps add continuity to the series.

The author includes some facts about the Molly Maguire that came over as a natural part of the storyline rather than a history lesson just added to fill some paragraphs.

An entertaining read.

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IH said...

Sometimes when I read a Gunsmith book, I am struck by some of the almost poetic writing, especially in some of the love-making scenes. There are some really unexpected surprises in these books - moments when it is you are reading a quite different book.

Steve M said...

I think the Gunsmith is the most consistant in quality of the 'Big Four' series, for the simple reason it's had far fewer authors writing for it compared to the others. In fact nearly all the books have been written by the one person.

That author does pop in and read this blog from time to time and I'm sure he'll appreciate your comments.

IH said...

Yes he is a writer of consummate skill