A Christmas story in this ultra-violent Western series seems incongruent but Brit Terry Harknett, writing as George Gilman, pulls it off in this light-hearted short novel. The writer churns out outrageous coincidences in Edge’s adventure related to the biblical story of the birth of Jesus that had me smiling. The story has to do with Edge accompanying a young couple, Joseph and Maria, to a stable before Maria gives birth. Harknett’s writing is solid and the Preacher and his “daughter” characters stand out. Edge is uncharacteristically less violent and more thoughtful than usual which I welcome. Sometimes his brutality is distasteful to me. Still a high body count and clearly the most violent Christmas story that I’ve ever read. An entertaining and fast moving read. I liked it. Three and a half stars.