Laconic gun hand helps a naive homesteader cross treacherous ground in Merle Constiner's easygoing oater Steel-Jacket.
I have come to Constiner's work lately after reading praise of him from other pulp fans. I enjoy his work, and found this one to be a cut above his usual fare. Typically Constiner has a lantern-jawed hero, a spitfire woman, and a wise older man who helps the hero, with everything snug tightly at the end.
Here, our cowpoke is more clever and funny than Constiner usually allows, giving the overall work a looser feel.
I picked this one up for a shiny quarter at an area flea market and enjoyed a quick read.