My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jim Hatfield, Texas Ranger, goes undercover while investigating some troubling reports of outlaw rustlers wearing luminous skull masks that have been terrorizing ranchers and townsfolk. Like most good pulp Westerns this one is an easy and entertaining read, well written and simply plotted with a nice few surprises, and it’s all tied up neatly at the end with Hatfield revealing his identity and then methodically describing how he was able to solve the mystery, much like a Golden Age Mystery detective. Like so many pulp Westerns it ends with a planned wedding. I found it a fun and comfortable read - perfect for a cold and snowy day in January.
James Reasoner posted a nice review with much more detail on his blog.
Available as ebook from Prologue Books and Amazon.
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