The Quiet Gun : A Western Duo
In “Montana Manhunter,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Chad Greene pursues an outlaw to the ranch of a young woman named Margaret Fulmer, whose husband has been gone for several years. A rancher wants her land and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. The arrival of Greene means the rancher is in for more than he bargained for.
In “The Quiet Gun,” Sheriff Frank Girard is ordered to visit his old friend George Carpenter and order him to remove the young Indian girl he is living with while still married to another woman. Girard feels that this is more a moral issue than a legal one and refuses to obey the order. A young attorney decides to serve the warrant himself and is killed by Carpenter. When the jilted wife returns home to her husband, Carpenter decides to run. Girard must now capture Carpenter and bring his old friend to justice.
Both stories, which take place in the late 1800s, are well written, with strong lead characters and a good plot. Even though both plots have been told before in other Westerns, the author manages to pull a few surprises. Recommended for those who enjoy a light read with action and suspense.