Thursday, July 25, 2013

#27: Kincaid by John Callahan

A tough rancher sees his family wiped out by gun-toting Indians, and in seeking revenge gets in the middle of gun-runners and other hardcases and owlhoots in John Callahan's Kincaid.

Kincaid is a spare, hard-edged western, one half of an Ace Double (with Clement Hardin's The Oxbow Deed on the other side).  I don't know much about the author, but this is certainly part of the revisionist western tradition of the 60s and 70s. 

This one features plenty of western standards, including a wise old ranch foreman, an understanding widow, a perky son frequently in harm's way, and scene-chewing villains.

Callahan's writing is not demanding, but certainly satisfying.  I found this in a big stack of paperbacks at a flea market and read it quickly.

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