Wednesday, 29 October 2008

The Gun-Shy Kid

as by Barry Cord
Belmont Tower, 1957

Looking for his missing brother, Kip Nunninger rode into dangerous Antelope Valley, and nothing was going to stop him. But he was a boy on a man’s errand, and the Valley watched him, knowing that he’d be gunned down before he grew to be a man. Kip was sure that Antelope Valley held the truth to his brother’s disappearance. He didn’t know that it also held a bullet and a gravesite, both with his name on them!

This is your typical youngster out of his elements plot who you know will be picked on but he’ll eventually come out on top – or is it?

Barry Cord is a pseudonym for Peter Germano and he always has a few tricks up his sleeve to throw the reader off track, although here I did work out the main twist to the story early on.

As well as strong male characters Germano includes a very strong female lead too.

This is a story filled with greed, love, jealousy and murder. A story that doesn’t end as you’d expect for some of the characters.

Perhaps not the best Barry Cord book I’ve read but certainly worth a look.

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