Marshal and the Moonshiner by C. M. Wendelboe
(A Nelson Lane Frontier Mystery)

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Lots of violent action tempered with hints of romance and cultural clashes and a climactic surprise, though much of it comes across as serviceable exposition in search of a strong throughline.
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Gangsters and hoodlums prey upon people’s weaknesses for a quick buck in an era that saw few bucks to spare, making criminals of everyday folks in the rural Great Depression. In a place as wild as the West ever was, in the heyday of the badmen and the lawmen, the law is in short supply. U.S. Marshal Nelson Lane chases a fleeing murder suspect from the frontier of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming all the way to the big city of El Reno in Oklahoma—out of his element in both places and nearly everywhere in between. His only help is an Indian rookie deputy sheriff, and she is as wild as any other young woman in that time with access to booze and men: Not much help to a widower alcoholic struggling in recovery. While she might get Nelson killed unintentionally, a shady sheriff dealing in illicit booze, his henchman warning to him to leave, and run of the mill moonshiners just taking care of business are running him down and trying to kill him from all sides. When his persistence pays off and he finally catches up with the murderer, Nelson must find it in himself to look beyond the law and deliver the ultimate justice.
 

About C. M. Wendelboe

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C.M. Wendelboe was a sheriff’s deputy in Wyoming. He began his law enforcement career shortly after his discharge from the Marines. In the 1970s he worked in South Dakota towns bordering three Indian reservations, including Pine Ridge. He lives in Cheyenne, WY. Author website: spiritroadmysteries.com
 
Published January 17, 2018 by Five Star Publishing. 251 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Oct 24 2017

Lots of violent action tempered with hints of romance and cultural clashes and a climactic surprise, though much of it comes across as serviceable exposition in search of a strong throughline.

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