His psychiatrist wife’s conference takes Sheriff Milt Kovak to Las Vegas, where her triumphant speech is promptly one-upped by murder.
No sooner has the sheriff of Prophesy County, Okla., checked into the Lonestar Casino with his lady than their idyll is interrupted by a late-night phone call from his cousin Maida Upshank begging him to get her husband out of jail. Burl Upshank has knocked out Larry Allen, his pregnant daughter Denise’s abusive husband, and Larry’s father, Walter, who owns the Lonestar, is determined to press charges. Milt (Lying Wonders, 2003, etc.) talks Lt. Mac Grayson into releasing Burl into his custody and lives to rue the favor when Larry’s shot to death and Milt realizes that Burl has taken off with the gun Milt had confiscated from him. There’s no way the local law will cooperate with Milt, and anyway, he’ll have his hands full with the five Upshank brothers who’ve come pouring into town (one turns out to have been hovering there already) offering to help. Back home on the range, Deputy Emmett Hopkins, whom Milt had left in charge of the office, is getting over his period of mourning for his late wife and son by tumbling into bed with Deputy Jasmine Bodine, a situation with so many complications of its own that the identification of the killer is almost an afterthought.
More fun than a week in Vegas, especially if it’s Milt’s week.