Tuesday 22 September 2015

Climax by Paul Lederer

ClimaxClimax by Paul Lederer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been years since I read or even watched a Western, I guess it could have been John Wayne in True Grit. Here John Wayne is Giles Frost the town Marshall in Climax ( a dog-tired pretence of a village in the San Jacinto mountains). The job had been a welcome change from being a driver with no real hassle, money every month and free meals. When a stranger comes to town things start to change with the mayor and the richest citizen conspire to sack Giles as Marshall. Even his only "friend" Clara Finch is no help and is forced to leave town. On his journey to find a new place to live he discovers Climax is in jeopardy from a group of outlaws and has to decide if he will go to their rescue. This was a pleasure to read partly because of the time gap away from this genre but also the storyline is very good. Hero to the rescue?

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