The Guns of Peralta by Clarke, Richard
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Marshal Lee Custis never has much trouble maintaining order in the small border town of Peralta. He is quick with a gun but prefers to settle the issue with his fists and wits. When news filters down to Peralta's citizens that a roving band of killers is cutting a swathe through the territory, however, Custis knows gunplay will be necessary. Opting for a preemptive strike, he and a posse ride out of town to surprise the bad guys. Bad idea. While the posse's away, the thugs take over the town. What initially seemed like a straightforward gun battle quickly turns into a battle of wits between Custis and the invaders, with the lives of Peralta's women and children hanging in the balance. Veteran western author Clarke has done better; this tale relies more on action and less on character than his previous work. Still, he moves the plot along briskly, and the characters are believable if not fully developed. A tepid recommendation for western devotees. Wes LukowskyFrom Publishers Weekly:
First explored in Clarke's The Homesteaders , the frontier town of Peralta in the New Mexico Territory provides the setting for this well-conceived, if tepidly executed, western. In 1892, revolutionary fervor in Mexico often spills north of the border and soon Peralta falls victim to a gang of bandoleros . Marshal Lee Custis, a transplanted Texan new to his job, assembles a posse to go after the raiders. In the posse's absence, the women of the town turn the bandoleros away in a bitter fight. On his return, Custis realizes that it is just a matter of time before the gang regroups to launch a renewed assault. The suspenseful premise is undercut by Clarke's sketchy narration, which reads more like a treatment for a screenplay than a fully realized work of fiction. While the plot, filled out by period detail, and dialogue move briskly, Clarke's characters tend to be flat, stock figures.
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Book Description Walker & Co, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110802712754
Book Description Walker & Co, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0802712754
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