Ride the Man Down
In 1890, John Henry Cole is working as a deputy for Judge Roy Bean in Texas when he is asked to undertake an assignment for Judge Issac Parker in Arkansas. He is to enter an area known as the Indian Nations to capture a band of five renegades led by a white man named Caddo Pierce. They are killing Indian law enforcement officers and raping and killing their wives. He accepts the dangerous assignment because he wants to see an Indian woman named Anna Rain, with whom he had a love affair fifteen years earlier. Since then she married Jimmy Wild Bird, head of the local Cherokee police force.
Bill Brooks is comparable to Johnny D. Boggs and other popular western writers for his knowledge of the West, its magnificent settings and terminology. His dialog is crisp, his characters are lifelike, and the story is exciting with page-turning chapter endings. This book is a continuation in a series of novels written about John Henry Cole, and can also be read as a standalone novel. Highly recommended.