This western adventure is well-written and the story flows smoothly. As a long time fan of the Longarm series, I have often complained about the different writing styles each story contains. Anyone who has read previous Longarm westerns knows that "Tabor Evans" is a host of writers working from a basic formula. Most of the time it works well, but sometimes it is frustrating. For example, in some stories Deputy Marshall Custis Long requests his favorite drink(Maryland Ryu) and uses western dialogue. However, in another novel his personality changes and he drinks whiskey and speaks like a college graduate.
In spite of these flaws, this western is still a good read. It begins, like many of the Longarm series, with a meeting with his boss, Marshall Billy Vail. There are also two railroad detectives. The railroad requests federal help because of a number of robberies and murders by a band of thieves. There is tension from the start between Custis and the railroad detectives. Without giving too much away and spoil it for the reader, the story moves quickly and there are enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages.
In conclusion, if you are into reading western novels, whether a Longarm fan or not, you will enjoy this book. Rating: 4 stars Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Monadnock Defensive Tactics System)