Monday, January 29, 2018

Hang Him Twice by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone


There are a lot of ways a man can end up on a wanted poster. There's the easy way (murder), there's the hard way (robbery), and then there's Dooley Monahan's way (by accident.) On the trail west with his trusty horse and dog, the hapless gunslinger stops a mean, hungry bear from making lunch out of the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody. In turn, Cody grubstakes Dooley for the purchase of a silver mine in the lawless, violent boomtown of Leadville, Colorado. Dooley can't believe his good luck. But when he guns down three deadly outlaws, the grateful townsfolk pin a sheriff's badge on Dooley. And that's when his luck runs out . . .

Turns out there's a war going on between two rival gangs. Stagecoaches are being robbed every other day, and fingers are being pointed at Dooley himself. There's a tradition here in these parts, he discovers. If a sheriff's no good, they hang him. And if the next one's no better, they hang him twice . . .

Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another amazing western novel. I was so happy that Buffalo  Bill Cody was a character in this book.  Someone in Leadville has it in for Dooley. He goes to Leadville to be a miner, After a series of attacks, the town decides that he should become marshall to try to bring some law and order. Every time he thinks things will quiet down, there is one more attack. I couldn't put the book down, I had to find out if he would eventually lose the battle.

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