New large print westerns

“Straw Boss,” by E.E. Halleran. Everybody called Johnny Moran “Stupe” until he gunned down a band of rustlers. The local paper made him out to be a hero and Rance Whitaker sent word he wanted to hire Johnny to hunt down the rustlers in his area. Johnny takes the job understanding this will be an opportunity to alter the way people look at him, if he can just cease making rash mistakes.

“Bullets on the Wind,” by D.B. Newton. Jim Bannister canters into Cabra Springs with no cash, no friends, and a $12,000 price on his head. Unable to establish his innocence, he’s been running for a long time, knowing that bounty hunters are on his trail. But a man can’t alter who he is and when he sees someone in trouble, he moves in to help. He makes some new friends, but even more enemies.

“Onto Santa Fe,” by William Heuman. The way Flint had it figured out, a mountain man of Tennessee needed three items to be content. He needed a good rifle, a sharp knife, and lots of open land. He and Otey Higgins, a fellow Tennessean, were on a side-wheeler traveling for the western frontier, when Flint sees Jay Bannerman about to be waylaid. Intervening, Flint saves Bannerman’s life. Bannerman asks Flint and Otey to join his journey to Santa Fe as hunters to keep the party in fresh meat. It ends up being more of an adventure than they realized.

“The Iron Trail Killers,” by Barry Cord. Trans-Pecos had been running into unexpected difficulties while trying to complete its line across the Drifting Sands country. Besides the usual risks of laying track across that wild section of West Texas, it had to contend with Slash Hanlon’s outlaw gang. The last two payrolls had been robbed, and the employees at Eagle Camp at the end of the tracks had walked out and were threatening to riot if they were not paid.

New fiction

“The Eighth Girl,” by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung. Meet Alexa, a bright young woman whose messy life is controlled by a series of alternate personalities. Only three people know about their existence: her shrink Daniel; her stepmother Anna; and her enigmatic best friend Ella. The ideal triad of trust. When Ella gets a job at a high-end gentleman’s club, she draws the attention of its shark-like owner and is slowly drawn into his inner circle. As Alexa’s days become intimately entwined with Ella’s, she soon finds herself the unwitting holder of a terrible secret. With no one to confide in and lives in jeopardy, she trails Ella into London’s brutal underbelly on a risky rescue mission. Threatened and helpless, Alexa will learn whether her numerous personalities are her best asset, or her most perilous obstacle.

“Ask Again, Yes,” by Mary Beth Keane. Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie cops in the NYPD, reside next door to each other outside the metropolis. What happens behind closed doors in both homes -- the loneliness of Francis’ wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s spouse, Anne, sets the stage for the volatile events to come. Keane’s novel is an exploration of the lifelong friendship and love that blooms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born several months apart. One devastating evening their loyalties are split, and their connection will be tested repeatedly over the next four decades. The novel reveals the way youthful memories adjust when seen with the eyes of an adult—villains lose their threat and those who looked guiltless seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story, while troubled by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, charity and grace.

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