Black Horse Westerns specializes in publishing traditional westerns, the kind you used to be able to buy in paperback off the spinner rack in the corner drugstore. Now that there aren't any corner drugstores, much less spinner racks, it's not easy to find that kind of entertainment, but that's exactly what you get in The Tarnished Star.
The set-up is a familiar one. Cole Masters, the sheriff, has arrested Sam Bowden for murder. Sam is the son of Clem Bowden, the most powerful man in town, and Clem wants him out of jail. You might think you know what's coming next. I thought did, but I was fooled. The story takes a different turn, and I don't want to spoil it be telling you what it is. Let's just say that there are shootings, showdowns, and plenty of interesting characters and situations. The final confrontationdoesn't play out like you might expect, either.
This is a fast-moving debut that would have been right at home as half of an Ace Double back in the old days. If you're looking for an action-packed western of the kind they supposedly don't write anymore, you'll be surprised to find that they do write 'em like that, after all. Pick up The Tarnished Star and see for yourself.