Marshal Of Medicine Lodge: A Merlin Fanshaw Western

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iUniverse, Mar 1, 2005 - Fiction - 200 pages
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The year is 1886. Trouble is brewing on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana Territory. U. S. Marshal Chance Ridgeway sends his young deputy, Merlin Fanshaw, to the town of Medicine Lodge in an attempt to restore law and order to the wild, remote settlement. The assignment seems a simple one, but a powerful cattleman and his brutal son seek to maintain their stringent control over the town, including the area's vast grazing lands. Deputy Fanshaw soon realizes the formidable duo will stop at nothing to achieve their selfish aspirations. Before summer is over, Deputy Fanshaw is seduced by an alluring young temptress and finds himself caught in a web of racism and violence that culminates in a shocking murder and the false arrest of his friend, City Marshal Jeff Brown. As time runs out, Deputy Fanshaw must track down the real killer and save his comrade from death on the gallows. A young U.S. Marshal sorts out a culture clash with bullets and brains in this wild, winning western. The story is comprised of a comfortable, familiar mix of western Americana, cinematic gunfights and a little sex, but more importantly, the author creates a solid, believable character in Marshal Fanshaw. His pleasant, genuine narration, tinged with both wit and grit, carries the narrative, and the authenticity, country humor and vibrant characters all make for a warmly entertaining read. Satisfying western fare, in the vein of Louis L'Amour. -Kirkus Discoveries

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A young U.S. Marshal sorts out a culture clash with bullets and brains in this wild, winning western.Things are too quiet for Deputy U.S. Marshal Merlin Fanshaw, a lanky young lawman cut from the ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Stan Lynde is a fourth-generation native Montanan, born and reared on the range lands of the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana. He is the author of two highly acclaimed syndicated cartoon strips, Rick O'Shay and Latigo, and is the author of three previous novels, The Bodacious Kid, Careless Creek, and Vigilante Moon. Stan is a recipient of the Inkpot Award for achievement in the comic arts and the Montana Governor's Award for the Arts.

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