By Louis Masterson
WR Films Entertainment Group, Inc.
eBook, March 2012
Feelings were running high in Fort Worth…
Charlie Katz, a Ranger with the 4th Mounted, Texas, had run amok. He supposedly had beaten up and attempted to rape Stella Nash, the daughter of the local bank manager. Van Buren, the girl’s fiancée, had rushed in to rescue her – and Charlie went to his death in a spray of bullets.
Charlie Katz was Kane’s best friend. Sickened and disbelieving, Kane set out to clear the Ranger’s name. After being beaten by Sheriff Hewitt and his cronies, he was ridden out of town, and Kane went after the Hondo Mining Corporation with a vengeance. Charlie had been investigating this shady outfit before his death. The name of its chief was Van Buren.
Louis Masterson superbly describes the emotional turmoil that plagues Morgan Kane in this life-changing episode in this overall excellent series. In this story Kane contemplates leaving the Rangers, struggles with throwing his badge and gun away, and fights to control his desire to kill and become a murderer like those he usually tracks down. On top of this he has to wrestle with the facts that paint Katz as a killer, something he cannot believe and to prove otherwise is what drives Kane throughout this book.
There’s plenty of brutal action as Kane fights to prove his friend isn’t the killer everyone, including his boss, Major Monroe, believe. In trying to discover the truth behind this Masterson also adds more mystery in the form of the unidentified stranger, who seems to be following Kane. Just what are his motives?
This book is essential reading for those following Kane’s life as it is a pivotal story in shaping his character and defining the man he will become in later books.