as by Jon Sharpe
Signet, April 2004
Some low-down varmint in Mountain View, Colorado, has framed Curt Cates for murder. And when Skye Fargo goes in search of the truth to set matters straight, he ends up in the same lot of trouble – only worse. After suffering a blow to the head, Fargo can’t remember a blasted thing about himself…or that dead girl under the bed. To trap the real killer, the Trailsman has to fill in the blanks. But the whole town is after him for killing the girl – and all he has to go on are his instincts…
This is a fast moving story with plenty of action that has a collection of intriguing central characters, some involved in a sub-plot. As time begins to run out for Cates you will find yourself wondering if Fargo can save him, especially after rumours begin to come out that perhaps Cates is really guilty after all.
I found this to be a hard book to put down as the did Cates commit murder or didn't he questions began to surface, and if he didn't who did the killing. The book also includes some suspensful scenes such as when Fargo is trapped in a dark cellar with three rattlesnakes for company. All the story threads are tied up neatly by the end. And was Cates guilty? You'll have to read it to find out the answer to that question...
I believe the author behind the pseudonym of Jon Sharpe, for this book, is Ed Gorman.
Well worth hunting down a copy.