The Last Renegade-Jo Goodman

The Last Renegade

Jo Goodman

Berkley, Sep 4 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780425250969

 

In 1888 while traveling on a train Kellen Coltrane meets popular dime store novelist Nat Church as the latter is dying from wounds to his stomach.  Before he dies, Nat asks Kellen to complete the mission he failed to perform.  Thus Kellen goes to Bitter Springs, Wyoming Territory to help “Penny Royal” who hired Church to end the bloody spree of a rancher and his three sons.

 

Kellen is stunned to learn Penny Royal is Lorraine Berry, owner of the Pennyroyal Saloon and Hotel.  Raine is stunned by how young Kellen is as she thought the legendary Church had to be much older.  Attracted to her, Kellen decides to remain in town to protect her from the brutal Burdick brood under the guise of Nat Church. 

 

This is an exhilarating western romance, which pays homage to the dime store pulp fiction of the late nineteenth century.  Fast-paced with strong twists, the protagonists, the antagonists and the townsfolk bring 1888 Wyoming to life; as readers will feel they stepped off the train alongside Raine while he attempts to bring justice, love and literature to Bitter Springs.

 

Harriet Klausner

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