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Cottonwood Station

Cottonwood Station

by Michael Zimmer

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When wandering frontiersman Clint Dawson comes to the aid of a stagecoach assaulted by Cheyenne Indians on the Kansas plains, he enmeshes himself in a web of treachery and outlawry that will require the rest of this absorbing narrative to untangle. After routing the war party, Clint joins the stagecoach occupants in a desperate flight to Cottonwood Station, a well-fortified building that should provide security if the Cheyenne attack again--which they certainly will, since they are tracking one of the white travelers, who betrayed them into the hands of Custer's Seventh Cavalry at the Washita Massacre. To add to the group's troubles, deadly outlaw Rusty Cantrell and his gang are also headed for the station, fleeing in the aftermath of a botched bank robbery. In this sophisticated variation on Ernest Haycox's ``Stage to Lordsburg'' (itself a reworking of Guy de Maupassant's ``Boule de Suif''), Zimmer holds the reader's attention by shifting the storytelling among Dawson's group, the Indians and the Cantrell gang. He displays a fine eye for period detail, flawlessly evoking a particular time and place, as he did in Sundown and Dust and Glory . This new novel confirms his place as an important writer in the western genre. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
YA-On a hot August day, Clint Dawson rides across the Kansas prairie, heading for Fort Dodge. A gunshot followed by a Cheyenne war cry changes his plans, and he finds himself in a valiant struggle to save the passengers and crew of a wrecked stagecoach from warriors bent on revenge. The group must reach Cottonwood Station if they have any hope of survival. Zimmer has written a fast-paced Western with a great deal of action and some raw language. He introduces many characters in a confined space for a short period of time and succeeds in giving depth and quality to each one. He refrains from stereotypes of good and bad so often found in the genre. True to the formula, however, is the ultimately satisfying conclusion in which the hero and the girl ride off into the sunset.-Carol Fox, El Dorado High School, KS

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