In honor of the magic-Western short story series I’m currently writing, I wanted to get back to reading some good Westerns.
And there’s no one who does Westerns quite like Louis L’Amour. He’s been one of my favorites since I was young. One of his non-Western novels is actually solidly in my Top Five Favorite Books Ever. But recently I was browsing my Kindle to see what all I had, and Kid Rodelo popped out at me. I hadn’t read it since I was a teenager, and man, it still has everything I love about a good Western.
A man wrongfully accused of helping to steal a valuable shipment of gold from a mine gets out of prison and goes on the hunt to see the man who could have cleared his name (and didn’t) given justice, but things get muddy when a pretty girl and a couple of escaped convicts put themselves in the mix. No one trusts the others, but they have to rely on each other if they want to survive the desert trek to the ocean and escape… and stay ahead of the native scouts hunting them, bent on bringing the bodies of the convicts–and anyone else who gets in their way–back to prison.
Classic Western stuff, good stuff. 5/5.