Hot Lead, Cold Justice (A Caleb York Western)

Written by Max Allan Collins
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

Several years after the Civil War, Trinidad, New Mexico is being hit by a major blizzard. Deputy Jonathan P. Tulley is walking the boardwalk late at night, covering himself with the overcoat of Sheriff Caleb York. A shot rings out and the Deputy drops, mistaken by the assassin as the Sheriff. Fortunately, Tulley is not killed but seriously wounded. Unbeknownst to the Sheriff, a meeting had been held in town prior to the shooting that was ordered by Luke Burnham, along with his three confederates, and Bliss Maxwell, a merchant of Trinidad and a former member of Burnham’s gang. Later, upon learning the Sheriff is still alive, he plans another attempt on York’s life, rob the local bank, and then hide out at Maxwell’s store.

This is the fifth Caleb York novel based upon the character originated by Mickey Spillane for actor John Wayne. Mr. Collins is continuing the story of Sheriff York in print. This is an exciting, page-turning western for those who enjoy this genre. Exciting from start to finish, I will read the previous books in the series and look forward to a new release.