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Trick Shot
     

Trick Shot

by Jack Cummings
 

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Western Large Print Edition . . . made unique by veteran author Cummings ability to create three-dimensional, identifiable characters. Booklist John Drake was one of the best trick-shot performers in a traveling Wild West show, until something went wrong and one of his bullets killed his fianc e, Molly. Overcome with grief, he fled to the desert to escape his

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Western Large Print Edition . . . made unique by veteran author Cummings ability to create three-dimensional, identifiable characters. Booklist John Drake was one of the best trick-shot performers in a traveling Wild West show, until something went wrong and one of his bullets killed his fianc e, Molly. Overcome with grief, he fled to the desert to escape his memories. Living in an Arizona ghost town, he finds his chance at redemption in the form of Henie, a young Paiute woman being held captive by three escaped convicts. Drake felt compelled to try to save her, with the help of her brother Tagee. But how far would they get when they were outnumbered and overmatched, and the very thought of using his gun filled John Drake with dread?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Nevada gold camps during the early years of this century are the backdrops for vaudeville and violence in Cummings's 13th western novel (after The Last Lawman). John Drake is a trick-shot artist in a traveling show who accidentally kills his fiance during a performance. Driven by grief, Drake flees into the Nevada desert to wallow in remorse. Meanwhile, three escaped convicts kidnap a beautiful young Indian girl, Henie, and eventually cross trails with Drake, who then pairs up with Henie's brother, Tagee, to rescue her. This is a comical partnership, for Drake is mired in self-pity and Tagee is a greedy and arrogant caricature of the loyal and stoic Tonto. In the expected gunfight with the convicts, Drake and Tagee free Henie, get shot and still manage to leave two bad guys lying in the lava beds. The gang leader is wounded, but escapes. Henie nurses Drake back to health and stands by him when he becomes an unlikely town constable. Drake's gun nerve returns, and he builds his trick-shot confidence with some fancy self-defense killings. Show business soon beckons, however, and Drake, with Henie, rejoins vaudeville, where danger and redemption await them at their first performance. Marked by flat dialogue, unresponsive emotion and lackluster action, this is a melodramatic horse opera with a low pulse rate. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786209071
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
Western Series
Edition description:
LARGEPRINT
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.95(d)

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