Saturday, August 8, 2009

RALPH COMPTON/JOSEPH A. WEST WESTERNS!

RALPH COMPTON/JOSEPH A. WEST WESTERNS!

AFTER READING AND ENJOYING WESTERN FICTION REVIEW’S INTERVIEW WITH JOSEPH A. WEST ~ WHO WRITES A NUMBER OF BOOKS CARRYING ON THE LEGACY OF WESTERN WRITER RALPH COMPTON ~ I PICKED UP AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED TWO OF THE BELOW TITLES AND WILL BE DIVING INTO THE THIRD TONIGHT.

ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER COMPTON/WEST TITLES TO FEATURE THE CHARACTER OF DETECTIVE SERGEANT JOHN MCBRIDE?


WEST OF THE LAW

Ordered to head west when a New York gangster puts a price on his head for killing his son, Detective Sergeant John McBride ends up in High Hopes, Colorado-a lawless boomtown where McBride quickly runs afoul of corrupt saloon owner Gamble Trask and his vicious hired guns.

When beautiful card dealer Shannon Roark asks for his protection, it's high time for one of New York's finest to dole out some frontier justice of his own.

SHADOW OF THE GUN

John McBride purchased a restaurant in the town of Suicide, hoping to put his past behind him. But with marauding Apaches, vicious outlaws, and rising tensions amongst the townsfolk, Suicide is a powder keg waiting to explode-and McBride's presence just may be enough to light the fuse...

BLOOD ON THE GALLOWS

His gun speaks for the oppressed…

Former big city detective John McBride is an easygoing man— until a cold-blooded town sheriff warns him to mind his own business, or face a lynching.

Driven by his sense of justice, McBride takes on the sheriff, an evil mayor and his cruel psychotic son, and a small army of hired gunmen.

Helped by a mysterious white-haired, quick-drawing preacher, McBride shoulders a task most men would flee from. But John McBride isn’t most men…

THIS IS TRADITIONAL ACTION PULP WRITING, BUT THAT’S A GOOD (ACTUALLY GREAT) THING. THE ACTION STARTS EARLY AND OCCURS OFTEN. THE BAD GUYS WEAR BLACK HATS AND THE GOOD GUYS ARE SQUARE JAWED. PERFECT ESCAPIST READING.

1 comment:

Joseph A. West said...

Thank you for the kind words.
My brilliant friend Lee Goldberg has done many nice things for me in the past, and this was yet another. I think Lee has a soft spot for Western writers!
At the risk of outstaying my welcome, I'd also like to add a special thanks to Chris Mills, a very talented and creative man who gave me a lot of encouragement back in the old days.
Joe West