A Texas Ranger reluctantly begins to chase an outlaw, and when he arrives in a town full of the outlaw's murderous relatives finds himself really over his head, in Michael Bonner's The Iron Noose.
Ranger MacLane is an unusual western character; a failed rancher who becomes a Ranger as a job, and doesn't really want to work too hard at it. But his pride, and thirst for revenge, begins to grow, until he becomes a formidable force by the denouement.
Bonner's storytelling is unusual in most every way; it's a shame that Bonner--actually Anne Bonner Glasscock--only wrote a handful of westerns. Colorful characters, and a plot that doesn't follow a straight line, makes her an easy favorite.
This was a blind 50-cent buy from a goodbye shelf at a used bookstore, and I couldn't be happier with it. Read it over a few quick days camping. Recommended to any western fan.
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