John Henry Cole is a tough, experienced operative working for Ike Kelly, who runs a detective agency based in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cole has just returned to Cheyenne when he sees a funeral procession in the street and learns that the man being buried is his boss. The sheriff can’t be bothered, so Cole takes up the investigation. Kelly was shot before being incinerated in his office. When Cole’s friend, Will Harper, rides through town following a freedman accused of similar murders, Cole joins Harper in a wide-ranging pursuit.
Frontier Justice is the second in a series about John Henry Cole but stands well on its own merits. Brooks crafts a fine mystery for Cole to solve and brings the Wyoming Territory and its denizens to vivid life. Readers who love Western tales will surely enjoy Frontier Justice.