Jury of Six
In 1880 Nebraska, the only punishment known to the cattle ranchers is the gun or the rope. The MacMahon ranch is the largest ranch along the Niobrara River. They are a close-knit family, and everyone in Nebraska knows you don’t try to steal their cattle. A mysterious outlaw gang is discovered stealing cattle from the local ranchers. When they begin to steal MacMahon cattle and bushwack one of the sons, two of the MacMahons decide to take matters into their own hands, find the cattle rustlers, and bring them to justice. Along with the cattle rustling is the mystery of the eight-year disappearance of their father and older brother. Will the MacMahons discover if they are still alive? The author is a lifelong Westerner, with pioneer and mountain man ancestry. His novel is well written, with crisp dialog and interesting characters. In fact, the novel is character-driven, with a unique twist in trying to explain the MacMahon family’s need for obtaining justice when legal methods are unavailable. Highly recommended.