In 1893, two miners are murdered at the Mountain Iron Mine. An anonymous employer hires a one-time cowboy, gunslinger, miner and deck hand, Lucient Robineux, owner of the Robineux Agency, to investigate the possibility that another once great detective agency called the Pinkertons are stopping people from unionizing by resorting to murder.
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E.A. Cook has lived a life that rivals the lives of the characters that he writes about. He was raised in the north woods of Minnesota and as a young man spent years traveling around the country hitchhiking, riding freight trains and as a carny. He has worked as a face painter on the streets of New Orleans, a hot dog vendor, an Account Executive for advertising and has owned a private investigations company. His work has appeared in the e-zines Muzzle Flash, Powder Burn, Thug Works, Parasitic, Flash Fiction Offensive, and in print in Out of the Gutter #3. E.A. Cook lives in Colorado.Review:
This is good old-fashioned western action set in the earlyraw days of the Minnesota Iron Range. It reminded me of novels by ZaneGrey, with their vivid descriptive passages and true-to-life dialog.
In brief, the time is 1893, only seven years before the turn of the century. Lucient Robineux, the head of a New Orleans-based detective agency, is called to his family's long abandoned homestead in Minnesota toinvestigate the murder of a pair of miners.
When he gets there, he discovers that the investigative assignment was a ruse intended to bring him to the area so an evil brother and sister can kill him and steal his family's land. It turns out that the parcel is located in the right of way of a planned railroad line that will serve ahuge iron mining company.
The sister, Colette Luzon, a beautiful but twisted woman,engineers a swindle to seize control of the property. Her brother and crime partner, the psychotic Antoine Gasparilla, attempts to blow him up with an improvised bomb.
Confronting them is a dangerous business but Robineux has little choice if he intends to salvage some of the value of his stolen property.
Robineux survives the bomb attack, but is knocked unconscious into a wild river by the blast and barely escapes his pursuers. Heis wet, cold and wounded, but he is also determined to turn the tables on hisenemies:
"Lucient was disgusted, disappointed, and mad clean through. He been played like a violin by enemies he didn't even know he had. He wanted to live out the rest of his years here and had been conned, swindled,and shot in just three days."
The remainder of the book details how he uses his brain, experience and pure good luck to rectify the situation.
The book is sprinkled with characters both savory and unsavory and moves forward quickly. You have your gun thugs, an appearance bythe Pinkertons, a dependable side-kick who is almost as able as Robineux,unscrupulous mining bosses and a stalwart hero who is quick with his fists,sharp-eyed with a gun and comes across as both noble and eminently likeable.
Of course, during all the action he meets a good woman and takes a romantic shine to her.
The plot is crisp, the characters well defined, the goodguys larger than life and the villains reprehensible.
William E. Wallace - author of Dead Heat With the Reaper
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Book Description Rogue House Publishing, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Timothy Brister (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0986149721