THE TRAILSMAN #389
By Jon Sharpe
Signet, March 2014
Wyoming 1861 – where a young killer has gone on a spree and has Fargo in his gun sights.
After Skye Fargo is tossed in the pokey for brawling in the town of Horse Creek, the last thing he expects is the marshal asking for his help. The notorious Cotton gang – led by a fifteen-year-old terror – has robbed the bank, and they have to be stopped. But the Trailsman doesn’t know that the young killer has a very special reason for riding wild – revenge.
The author writing behind the pseudonym of Jon Sharpe this time is David Robbins, and as expected he’s written a book packed full of savage action, cracking dialogue and a plot that twists and turns as well as offering a couple of surprises that I didn’t see coming.
For those who like strong characters of both sexes then you’ll find them here too. Marshal Coltraine, who Fargo wants to trust. Amanda Brenner, a young woman with a fast mouth and a secret. Hoby Cotton, the young killer who maybe more than a match for the Trailsman and leaves Fargo in a very sticky situation that’ll had me wondering how he’d escape in one piece.
The story races along at a frantic pace and is told in short chapters that usually end on a cliff-hanger making this a very hard book to put down until the end is reached and sees Fargo questioning the motives behind Hoby’s vengeance trail, before everything is neatly wrapped up in a fast exchange of gunfire.
Outlaw Trackdown is an excellent entry into this long-running series and has me wanting to read more immediately.