Thursday, 30 October 2008

Hang-Rope at Harmony

as by Ray Nolan
A Black Horse Western from Hale, 1994

Trouble had never been a stranger to Rafferty, but at Harmony a new kind of hell waited for him. From the moment he asked, ‘Was the right neck put in the noose?’ he was up against it. Boone Areington was a power in the county, a man of ruthless ambition. If his only son had a private motive for leading a lynch mob, so be it. He protected his own. But he’d not reckoned with the likes of Lew Rafferty, who stood back for no man – especially when robbed of the most cherished part of his past. Then there was Jenny – beautiful, and with reason to be bitter and suspicious.

Ray Nolan sure doesn’t believe in giving his hero easy passage through this story of murder and deceit. Nearly every character seems to have their own agenda, wants to use the hanging of what seems to have been an innocent man to their own advantage and greed.

At times Nolan allows the reader to begin to think they’ve worked out just who killed whom and why, but then he introduces another character or twist to completely throw the reader off track.

Even when Rafferty thinks he’s worked it out Nolan points out that there is no proof to Rafferty’s theory and the struggle continues in this swift-action filled tale.

If Ray Nolan’s other books are as good as this one then I’ll definitely be hunting them out.

7 comments:

Ray said...

Yes, I like Ray Nolan. I've read this book and it's exactly as you say. Certainly worth looking out for and is on my 'collectable' list.

ARCHAVIST said...

and one of the better BHW covers I see.

ARCHAVIST said...

Bet you can't find a western suitable for an halloween post.

Steve M said...

Gary, I saw this after I'd posted today's review - not that I can't post more than one a day - but I must admit I don't have any reviews in waiting that fit the halloween theme, one or two with ghosts in them but they're not the main part of the books. There are a couple of Wilderness books that might fit the bill. Now you've got me thinking...

ARCHAVIST said...

Steve - glad to oblige on the thinking front. Go on the challenge is set another posting by midnight, the most suitable western you can think of.

Steve M said...

OK Gary, I've come up with one that's near enough but as there's already a review on here for the book I'll just say look in the August reviews for MORGAN KANE #27: THE DAY OF DEATH.

It's about an assassination that's to be carried out on The Day of Death (November 2nd) when everyone dresses as the dead etc just like Halloween celebrations.

For more info check this post out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead

ARCHAVIST said...

Guess you win then - there's a Cadbury's Whisper as a prize but I ate it when reading your review. Sorry.