A smart, suspenseful Western full of gamblers, gunmen, and enough double-crosses to bring an entire town to its knees. Sunrise, despite its name, is a wicked town. It is the only wide-open town in the Crazy Butte country. It attracts gamblers like Dan Farlin, who works in the Red Arrow, the most prosperous saloon in Sunrise. Sheriff Mills rarely ...
A smart, suspenseful Western full of gamblers, gunmen, and enough double-crosses to bring an entire town to its knees. Sunrise, despite its name, is a wicked town. It is the only wide-open town in the Crazy Butte country. It attracts gamblers like Dan Farlin, who works in the Red Arrow, the most prosperous saloon in Sunrise. Sheriff Mills rarely comes to Sunrise, in part because of a tacit agreement he has with a gang of outlaws, who in exchange for legal immunity for him has never committed a robbery of any kind in the Crazy Butte country. So when Sheriff Mills does show up in Sunrise, walks into the hostile atmosphere of the Red Arrow, and warns that a man named Bovert is heading for the town and that Bovert is to be left alone, Farlin knows something's not right. The gang, loaded with money from a recent robbery, arrives in Sunrise looking for a game with Farlin and finds far more than it bargained for. Could all this be Sheriff Mills's strategy to bring the law back to Sunrise? Will the arrival of the fearsome Bovert ignite a conflict with Sunrise's gangs? Will anyone be left standing after the final showdown? Rollicking, action-packed, and complex, "Bullets in the Sun" will delight readers of classic and modern Westerns alike.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-07-04 Amid much of the dross of the western pulps of the 1920s and '30s, some clever books appeared, like this re-issue by Horton (1889-1943), a reformed sports writer who made a name for himself with westerns built on suspense and smart plots. This complex hayburner is set in the Wyoming territory and loaded with gamblers, gunmen, saloons, booze, and bad behavior. In the town of Sunrise, a hotbed of lawlessness, Big Tom Lester owns the blood-soaked Red Arrow Saloon. Handsome gambler Dan Farlin is deadly with cards and a pistol, but deep in debt and ready to retire. Outlaw Ed Lawson is planning a bank robbery, and needs Farlin to pull it off. Sheriff Mills's announcement that a notorious gunfighter named Bovert is coming to town, and he's to be left alone, puzzles the criminals and sidelines their plans. A young cowboy named Jim Bond arrives, and everyone assumes he's Bovert; Bond's words and actions don't help, nor does his romance with Farlin's teenage daughter, Gladys. False identities, attempted murder, betrayal, fancy gunplay, and corny pulp romance ("I need a friend... a man friend... on my side") add to the fun. There are so many double-crosses that bullets will fly in everyone's direction in this showdown. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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