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“Hard Ride Across Texas,” by Michael Zimmer. Nineteen-year-old Gage Pardell didn’t intend to kill Henry Kalb when he rode into Shelburn, Texas, to confront the son of the county’s richest man. He just wanted justice for what Kalb had done to his sister. But now Henry is dead, and Gage is on the run from bounty hunters hired by Henry’s father. With nowhere else to go, Gage heads toward West Texas. There, he learns what it means to stand up for himself against a lawless frontier, a kill-crazy buffalo hunter and the men Kalb keeps sending after him. Realizing he can no longer live this way, Gage finally returns home, completing the journey he began the night he killed Henry Kalb.
“Bear Haskell: U.S. Deputy Marshal,” by Peter Brandvold. Two western novels featuring Bear Haskell, U.S. deputy marshal, who rides for Chief Marshal Henry Dade out of Denver’s First District Court. Haskell’s a former Union war hero and Pinkerton agent, a tall man and broad as a barn door. He wears a necklace of bear claws taken from the grizzly that almost had him for supper. That’s the kind of man Bear is. In these two rapid-fire westerns, Bear is given the assignment of going after the men who backshot an old lawman friend; then, in the second book, of heading down to Texas to hunt a cunning killer known as “the Jackal.”
“Stronghold,” by William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone. Here in America, life is full of surprises. Duff never expected to hear from his old friend, Charles McGregor, his battalion commander from the Black Watch Regiment of Her Majesty’s army. Turns out McGregor lives in New Mexico now. And he needs Duff’s help. He’s started a new life as the mayor of Antelope Wells, a mining town that’s being targeted by Ebenezer Schofield, who wants to declare the whole area an independent principality, and himself as king. He’s already squeezing taxes out of the local businesses and citizens. But no one has the guts to stop him. Because Schofield’s got his own private army of 50 uniformed men, six Mexican revolution cannons and a traitor working on his side in the heart of Antelope Wells. This is more than just a favor for a friend. This is justice.
“London Tides,” by Carla Laureano. Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan travels the world’s war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and colleague, Grace is shaken. She returns to London hoping to rekindle the spark with the only man she ever loved—Scottish businessman Ian MacDonald. But he gave up his championship rowing career and dreams of Olympic gold years ago for Grace, only for her to choose photography over him. Will life’s tides bring them back together or tear them apart for good this time?
“Knife,” by Jo Nesbø. Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel, the only woman he’s ever loved, has ended it with him, permanently. He’s been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo police, but it’s in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison—free, and Harry is certain, unreformed and ready to take up where he left off. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up the morning after a blackout, drunken night with blood that’s clearly not his own on his hands, it’s only the very beginning of what will be a waking nightmare the likes of which even he could never have imagined.
Story time is held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 45–60 minutes. Participants read books, followed by a craft or activity.
Chetek Library hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday: 1–6 p.m.; and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.