William W. Johnstone: The Last Gunfighter Series
DEAD BEFORE SUNDOWN
Before this summer, I had never heard of the William W. Johnstone. After reading three of his books in The Last Gunslinger series, I can say that he is a great western storyteller. I happened to stumble across his books in the LARGE-PRINT collections in our public library. He had an entire shelf devoted to his writings, so I paused and perused a few of the text summaries. Intrigued enough to give him a try, I checked-out three of them. I was careful to be sure that they were books of the same series. I am an avid fan of sets of trilogies!
The star of the series is The Drifter (Frank Morgan)… an ethical gunfighter… one of the last remaining gunslingers of the west. His escapades are chronicled in each of the novels. They are somewhat chronological, but it did not seem to matter in what order they were read. Each tells a precise, inclusive story.
Frank Morgan happens to be the town marshal of Buckskin: a prosperous silver-mining town. The ownership of The Lucky Lizard, one of the three thriving silver mines, is questioned. An Easterner, Dex Brighton, arrives on the scene and claims rights to the mine. The issue of ownership falls into the hands of the court. Gunfire soon surrounds the owners, the witnesses and even the judges in the court proceedings. Marshall Morgan is charged with seeing that all litigants are alive and able to testify, if and when a judge can be brought to the outlying western town.
Frank Morgan is asked by a friend to assist in transporting of a group of mail-order-brides to the Alaskan boomtown of Skagway. A tempest storm and bushwhackers cause the task that was only challengingly problematic, to become alarmingly deadly.
DEAD BEFORE SUNDOWN
Frank Morgan attempts to assist a friend to reclaim stolen gold from a group of thieves in the Canadian outback. While on the trail, they encounter a band of renegade Metis armed with U. S. Army Gatling guns wanting to start a Canadian revolution.
If you like WESTERNS… these three novels are a FIVE STAR READ!
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