Title: Slaughter (The Last Gunfighter #19)
Author: William W Johnstone
E-book: 321 pages
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Frank Morgan is one of my favorite characters from the Johnstone collection of stories. Frank at one time was married and when his father-in-law interfered, Frank found himself alone and drifting. Hence, the man received the handle “The Drifter.” Most people looked at him with a fear, some with envy and many with superstition.
After leaving Buckskin, where he was the Marshal, Frank is on his way to San Francisco to help one of his lawyers, John J. Stafford, with a problem. When he arrives in town, he just wants to cut the dust from his throat when a cowboy braces him. Now Frank has met with Stafford, gotten the gist of the issue and agrees to lend a hand. With the decision made, it sets Frank on a course of dodging fists, bullets and trying to see if there is more happening than what he knows thus far.
The battle between cowboys and oilmen heats up and threatens to destroy the livelihood of local ranchers when it appears each side waylays the others while they are working. The hardest part of the job is getting a couple of the leaders from both sides to agree to a truce so Frank has time to uncover the truth.
As readers will discover, there is more going on than just a battle of rights and fighting. There is romance, mystery and intrigue that made sitting down to read this book in an afternoon quite enjoyable. I thought a couple of times that I figured out who wanted the two sides to get into a battle, but the author surprised me! I hope readers not only enjoy this book but read through the series starting at the very beginning. However, if readers can grab this one, then be prepared for an afternoon of exciting action, romance and more!
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