Charlie Red

Written by Michael Zimmer
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

In the summer of 1882, Tom Slade is riding shotgun on a stagecoach traveling through central Arizona, delivering $45,000 of mine payroll. Thieves rob the stage when it stops at an isolated way station. Hoping to catch the outlaws before they disappear into the desert, Slade harnesses a mule and follows their trail. In the middle of the desert, Slade meets a lone woman named Claire Adams who is after the outlaws for different reasons. He soon learns about her mysterious friend, Charlie Red. This exciting western is Book Five in the American Legends collection by Michael Zimmer. This novel, like many of his other westerns, has a fast-paced plot with plenty of action. As the plot begins to unravel, the protagonist appears in one compelling action sequence after another until he faces the leader along with his band of outlaws. Readers will be immersed in the chase.