U. S. Marshal Gideon Miles is in Overton, Nebraska ostensibly on vacation. It should be a peaceful time as he is in town to visit family who has finally come back from Ontario, Canada. Fifteen plus years after the Civil War his aunt and her husband are finally back where he can visit. Miles intends to do just that and nothing else.
The problem is that soon Way Gunn and Kit Kale, a couple of hard guys up from Kansas, and looking to cause trouble arrive in town. Thanks to their latest criminal efforts, they wind up in the local jail. Unfortunately, one way or another, they got a local lad with troubles of his own, involved in their breakout scheme. Gunn and Kale make good their escape and have the young boy with them as either a hostage or a witting accomplice.
Either way, the local law needs his help and before long Miles is on their trail. He seems himself in the boy and hopes to help him while taking Gunn and Kale back into custody. Miles isn’t the only one on the trail. Everyone involved is being tracked by a man who is leaving bodies in his wake.
This tale by the late Ron Scheer is a good one. Filled with plenty of action it holds true to the western canon set for this series long ago. The ending is a bit open making it clear that a potential sequel was in mind and unfortunately not completed.
Also included in the book is the short tale, “Origin of White Deer” written by Edward A. Grainger and Chuck Tyrell. This tale explains the backstory of Cash Laramie. It can also be found in the short story collection Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles: Volume II.
Billed as the eleventh entry in the series, Miles To Lost Dog Creek is a very good western novella. The story features all the elements that make the Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles series so very good. It also proves once again that, though the authors many change from time to time, the essence of spirit of the series flows seamlessly from one book to the next. This series is a very good one and well worth your time.
Miles To Lost Dog Creek (Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles Book 11)
Beat To A Pulp
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For another take on the book head on over to Bill Crider’s review.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2015