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*Read Kindle ⚫ City of Widows Í Page Murdock has been sent to the tough New Mexico ofto track down a man and bring him to justice Butthan a trail of revenge, Murdock finds himself on a desperate odyssey For in the Southwest a friend can turn out to be one s cruelest enemy, an enemy one s finest friend And the woman Murdock loves will be as voluptuous as Venus and wicked as sin I went through a phase where I read every western I could get my hands on As all phases do, this one passed Problem was that the stories and language became rather routine and overly familiar When I discovered that the writer of the Amos Walker series, Loren Estleman also wrote highly regarded westerns I thought I d try another fix Estleman is really a very good writer and the language is addictive as much as the plot which is fun if familiar It s 1881 in New Mexico and Page Murdock, a depu I went through a phase where I read every western I could get my hands on As all phases do, this one passed Problem was that the stories and language became rather routine and overly familiar When I discovered that the writer of the Amos Walker series, Loren Estleman also wrote highly regarded westerns I thought I d try another fix Estleman is really a very good writer and the language is addictive as much as the plot which is fun if familiar It s 1881 in New Mexico and Page Murdock, a deputy U.S Marshall in the employ of Judge Harlan Blackthorne, of Montana, has been sent incognito and ostensibly retired, to arrest and bring to justice the Baronet brothers They had killed a man who had saved the judge s life during the Civil War His task is complicated in that one of the brothers is reputed to have been killed and the other is a sheriff of Socorro County Estleman has a way with words and paints a vivid picture of a bleak landscape where the desert is ablaze with that dry heat that opens your pores and sucks out the moisture like lemon carbonate through a straw The town is called City of Widows because the males are regularly killed off in gun battles between banditos, revolutionaries, Apaches, and ranchers His characters are wonderful, particularly the carpenter sheriff and Murdock s old lover enemy Poker Annie who is truly a despicable woman I discovered Estleman a couple of years ago and have read several of his Detroit City detective story books all of them very good This is the second western I ve read Both so far have been authentic, character driven, entertaining reads I recommend them to anyone who loves a good story, and especially to those who like westerns Excellent Loren Estleman provides another Page Murdock classic western novel, easy enjoyable read