A sequel to The Guns of Morgette (1982)--with some routine good-guy/bad-guy plotting given a boost or two by the...

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MORGETTE IN THE YUKON

A sequel to The Guns of Morgette (1982)--with some routine good-guy/bad-guy plotting given a boost or two by the rough-and-ready setting: Alaska during the Gold Rush. Lawman/loner Dolf Morgette, determined to avenge the murder of a pal in Montana, takes a job as bodyguard for a Yukon gold expedition--largely because he knows that the murderer he's after, Rudy Dwan, has fled to Alaska. So off he goes, with pregnant wife Margaret and sidekick Gabe, to Portland and by boat to Juneau. (Dwan, in disguise, tries to kill Morgette mid-voyage.) Once in Alaska, Morgette's prime duty is clear: to protect Jack Quillen, the only man with the knowledge to lead the expedition to a big gold-find. But Dwan, teaming up with a local baddie, is after that same gold--briefly kidnapping Quillen (a Morgette insta-rescue), trying to sabotage the expedition with hostile Indians, fire, and gunplay. And through it all, wife Margaret performs nobly--over the rapids, through a wilderness Caesarean--until she realizes that Morgette is really still in love with Victoria Treat (cf. Guns of Morgette) and nobly disappears in a flood. . .along with the wounded, reformed Dwan. Unsatisfyingly open-ended at the close, with obvious plans for another installment--but sturdy action-entertainment for Western-ites, especially when the treacherous Alaskan scenery is at the fore.

Pub Date: June 1, 1983

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Walker

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1983