Two-Dollar Pistol

Written by Brett Cogburn
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, gangsters, bootleggers, and bank robbers ran rampant, always looking for ways to make a quick buck. Young Claude Miller, son of the local sheriff of Pushmataha County, Oklahoma accidentally interrupted two bank robbers while escaping the law. Claude is forced to shoot the male robber and then helps the other bank robber, Myra Belle Hooser, to escape. He falls in love with Myra, joins her Dallas Texas gang, and begins a life of crime.

This pair of criminals is reminiscent of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo on the run during this same time period. I found the story compelling, fast-paced, and even though Claude and Myra were on the wrong side of the law, they were likable. The author’s detail on this period on American history was well written; he knows his subject. Be prepared for a fast ride up to the conclusion while rooting for the young couple to either change their criminal behavior or escape the encircling lawmen.