by Jory Sherman
Berkley, December 2007
Lew Zane gunned down the men who murdered his parents, and their families won’t rest until he’s swinging from the end of a rope. But Lew is ready to stop running and become a husband to Carol Smith and a father to her children. Wayne Smith took out a price on his wife’s head in the form of an insurance policy. When he murders Carol and his own children in cold blood, he destroys Lew’s last chance at finding peace in the world. Now, Lew must once again take up the role of vigilante as he heads to Santa Fe to deliver the only brand of justice a man like Wayne Smith will understand…
This is the third book in the Vigilante series and it begins moments after book two ended.
As Lew once more hits the justice trail he finds that Marshal Blackheart is also hunting Wayne Smith and himself. This allows author Jory Sherman to add complications to what could have been a straight forward plot.
Sherman spends a bit of time “fleshing out” his characters by telling their background – which having read the previous two books I found took up too much of the story as much of it was already known to me. Sherman’s writing is easy to read, poetic at times – particularly when describing landscapes or creating atmosphere.
Again Lew finds himself riding alongside an attractive young lady who starts to get interested in him, something Lew tries to discourage. And as Smith draws together a gang for a robbery you just know Blackhawk and Lew will end up fighting alongside each other.
The story has a satisfactory ending, and leaves a plot-line open for another book, one I’m hoping will come soon.
Definitely worth a read.