BANNON'S LAW by Lauran Paine

BANNON'S LAW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A likable Western, which downplays gunfire in favor of deduction and murder-case footwork by Sheriff Tom Cartland of Dennison. The corpse in question: an unidentifiable body found seated beneath a tree, with $6,000 intact in a money belt. So Cartland tracks down the dead man's missing horse, now owned by a squatter family (he helps them round up some spooked cattle). And it soon becomes clear that the dead man was a renegade member of the Feldon gang: the $6,000 was stolen loot. Cartland puts the money belt into his office safe, knowing the killers will be after it. (They've already bushwhacked him once, mistaking him for the dead man.) And, throughout, he's aided by wise-spoken Doc Bannon, a Holmesian sort. With an only half-predictable shootout finale (Cartland himself never fires a shot): a nice, simple, relatively bright diversion for Western-ers.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1982
Publisher: Walker