A grand yarn -- the best of Neil Swanson, and that is high praise from one who has read with avidity his historical novels as each appeared. Once again he has selected a bit of fairly unfamiliar historical background and setting for his story --this time the section over which the British and the Northwestern Company, fur traders, held sway, while the American Revolution rumbled over the border, and the French Canadians looked longingly backward toward their own supremacy in Canada, their own rapidly vanishing control of the rich fur trade. Henry Hamilton was the royal governor; Gorth had gained control of the fur trade, under protection of the crown, and from Grand Portage to Lake of the Woods, he was king by right of force. This is a story of the MacGregors -- Scotch and French, and of Merrily Gorth who used her sex to capture the heart and imagination of a rival fur trader, and of Sally Conable, whose rescue meant exile to Baril MacGregor, but who proved a staunch comrade in time of need. Exciting adventure; a thread of sheer romance; and bits of the primitive frontier history of ""De Troit"" and the great Northwest. Fast pace, vigorous writing, and an absorbing tale. Good escape reading, and at the same time a real contribution to Americana. Roberts' market, etc.