Showdown at War Cloud by Lewis B. Patten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Like many Gold Medal Westerns this novel is essentially a crime story that takes place in the Old West. This helps to enhance the typical crime story concept in a couple of ways. First, bigotry against Native Americans and the mob mentality that goes along with it drives the plot, and second, the fear of a retaliatory Sioux attack against the town and the sense of impending doom and escalating tension keeps the story moving at a rapid pace. The entire story takes place in a 24 hour period. An intelligent, thought-provoking and somewhat grim novel. I liked it a lot.
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