Wednesday, 3 December 2008

The Regulator #12

SLAUGHTER AT PUXICO
as by Dale Colter
Harper, May 1994

Puxico had once been a prosperous mining town; it’s riches coming from silver and copper. Then Jessup gets himself appointed as Sheriff and deputizes his bullyboys. The townspeople are taxed for everything. If anyone stands up to Jessups’ methods they find themselves hanged or shot.

Slater, The Regulator, is in a nearby town and when he hears of the troubles in Puxico he rides in to give Jessup and his gang a cold, hard slap of western justice.

The final book in The Regulator series is an entertaining enough read but is pretty much a formula western, the plot has been used many times before and this didn’t really offer anything new.

Slater is almost a secondary character as much of the book concentrates on Jessup, his gang and the townspeople. Slater’s part is to rally the townspeople together, urge them to make a stand against Jessup.

Not bad, but there are better in the series.

6 comments:

Chris said...

>>>cold, hard slap of western justice.<<<

Man, I wish I had come up with this description. Nice work!

Is this series readily available, or is it a special order type thing? I'm going to check Amazon.

Steve M said...

You'll have to look at the used book section I'd think Chris. Ebay and ABE may be good hunting grounds too.

ARCHAVIST said...

This one interests me too - sounds like just my sort of thing.

Anonymous said...

I just found a Regulator novel ("The Scalp Hunters") in the free stack at my local library. Thanks for the reminder, Steve! I'll tuck into it shortly.

Cheers,
Matt M.

Steve M said...

Gary, they aren't that hard to find in the UK, so you should be able to find one or two fairly easily.

Steve M said...

Matt, let us know what you think of it.