Lawman Morgan Kane walks away from the badge and becomes a hired gun, but soon suspects he signed on to the wrong side of an oil dispute, in Louis Masterson's Southern Showdown.
Masterson was Norwegian writer Kjell Hallbing, and his Morgan Kane series numbered close to a hundred volumes and was immensely popular. Holding the storytelling threads together through various books, and showing the character grow and change, seem to be two hallmarks that readers enjoy.
But my sampling size is two, as only some have been translated into English, and are extremely hard to find in the wild. If I see one on eBay for less than ten dollars, I snatch it up, which is where I found this one.
Southern Showdown is definitely spaghetti-flavored, full of sex and bloodshed, with an above-average story. Masterson is worth seeking out for western fans looking for a series they might not have known about.