Walk Proud, Stand Tall

Written by Johnny D. Boggs
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

In 1913, legendary lawman Lin Garrett arrives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he was the sheriff back in the 1880s. Seventy years old, Garrett had been riding the rails with no destination in mind. Penniless and always in physical pain, he is placed into the Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent. His former deputy, Randolph Corbett, stops by to talk about the good old days. One topic that always comes up is the outlaw named Ollie Sinclair. At one time, Sinclair and Garrett rode together – until Sinclair broke the law.

As sheriff, Garrett tracks him down and sends him to prison. Guilty of manslaughter and train robbery, Sinclair is sentenced to 25 years of hard labor at Yuma Prison, but when released, he and his gang rob a train. A posse is organized to recapture Sinclair or kill him. The old timers, Garrett and Ol’ Corb, borrow horses and try to track down Sinclair and his gang.

The author weaves a back-story throughout the novel to show how and why Lin Garrett became a legend. A fast-paced novel and a quick read, this novel will appeal to all Western lovers.