Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thief in Camp


“He’s a crow you say? I’ve heard the Crows are born thieves and murderers.”
“Man’s apt to hear most anything he listens to the wrong people.”
Bill Gulick gives us a wagon train tale with a morality overlay. It is a common theme in the genre but Gulick handles it ably. We find the usual “people thrown together finding their way in the land and among each other,” the able Stranger, and an incident where assumptions and realties meet and the reactions to that meeting limns each character.
Fans of L ’Amour’s brand of story will find much to enjoy here.

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