Saturday, 30 January 2010

$300 Man by Ross Morton western fiction review

I never liked the cover but this was one of my favourite Black Horse reads last year. I'm pleased to post Steve M.'s review here. Western fans need to bookmark his site HERE. When my own western knowledge fails me Steve's the man I turn to for advice; he's sure to know.

THE $300 MAN
as by Ross Morton

A Black Horse Western from Hale, May 2009

What’s a life worth? $300, maybe.

Half Mexican Corbin Molina lost a hand during the Civil War but he has adapted. Now he’s on a mission to Walkerville. On the way, he prevents a train robbery and finds an old friend. Corbin always carries $300, which is significant, since that’s what he was paid as a substitute soldier for the Union.

When Corbin starts asking questions about Walkerville’s law and administration, he discovers that the Walker family, who seem to have bought and paid for loyalty and position, dominate the townspeople. Inevitably, Corbin’s questions attract plenty of trouble. And his past emerges to confront him during a tense showdown that threatens not only him but also his newfound love.

Ross Morton (real name Nik Morton) presents the reader with a fascinating character in Corbin Molina, not least because his mixed blood cause him problems, but due to him having a hook in place of a hand, and the fact that his reasons for coming to Walkerville are not immediately explained. These aren’t the only plotlines that grab the readers attention, there’s also the other well drawn characters, many of whom may not be who they say they are, such as Tillman who seems to have been hired as a replacement lawman by the Walkers, but is perhaps working to his own agenda, whatever that maybe. MORE

1 comment:

Nik Morton said...

I never liked the cover, either and hoped for something better on the cover of the large print, but the book didn't get taken up for LP. Thanks for the comments, Gary; much appreciated!