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The unpredictable, rough-and-tumble aspects of life in the Wild West come through in this diverse quartet of engaging novellas. A resourceful heroine, anxious to wed, is not nearly so crazy as people think in Thomas's touching "Crazy Callie"; the hero of Jo Goodman's fictional dime novels mentioned in her other works springs to life—and falls in love—in her engaging "dime novel" "Nat Church and the Runaway Bride"; a bold bank robbery links two strangers on the train west in Kaki Warner's clever, sexy "The Scent of Roses"; and a fugitive New York heiress and the security guard who tracks her down at a Texas brothel are caught up in violence in Alison Kent's "The Hired Gun's Heiress." VERDICT This excellent, action-packed anthology from some of the genre's favorite writers should please fans and garner new ones. Thomas, Goodman, Warner, and Kent live in Amarillo, TX; Colliers, WV; Washington State; and Houston, respectively.