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February 23, 2017

THE PALEFACE KILLER

THE PALEFACE KILLER
by
Philip Harbottle




FEW WILL SURVIVE....

Brett Conroy rules with an iron fist..

No one dares to challenge his authority in Macey's Folly - a ramshackle town deep in the heart of Arizona. His henchmen are always at his side, ready and waiting to do his bidding. But when a  mysterious stranger arrives, everything begins to change.

Long standing power structures that have been in place for years begin to crumble. The stranger, calling himself The Paleface Killer, starts disrupting the order of things. And this straight talking stranger doesn't hold back when it comes to using violence to get his own way.

He claims that he wants to clean up Macey’s Folly, clear out all the hoodlums and corrupt lawmakers, and place it under his jurisdiction. But Conroy, a shyster lawyer, the corrupt mayor and the sheriff, are not going to go down without a fight. They refuse to relinquish their hold on the town. And they attempt every brutal trick in the book to try and rid the settlement of this stranger.
When The Paleface Killer meets charming and courageous Tracey Lee, the girl Conroy is intending to marry, the scene is set for a maelstrom of murder and mayhem. The stakes for power and control have never been higher. And in such lawless times, anything could happen...

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AUTHOR:
Born in Wallsend in 1941, Philip Harbottle has published over a dozen novels and edited a great many more. He is the heir and administrator of the literary estate of John Russell Fearn and working from notes and unpublished manuscripts left by the author, he has posthumously collaborated on a number of westerns. As well as pursuing his own writing he acts as a literary agent specializing in science fiction, detective and western novels, and his clients include many of the most prolific British and American genre writers.


MY THOUGHTS
I had a hard time getting into this book.  The pace was fast and there was too much going on at once so I had a hard time keeping up with the characters.  I didn't like The Paleface Killer at first until after the story progressed. As it did, after getting to know him. I began liking him more.  Seems like he was fast and a little too quick on the draw.  Was like he didn't really think, he just drew.  But life was different back then. If you stopped and thought for too long, you died.  I did like Tracie but I wish there was more about the relationship between her and  The Paleface Killer.  He was charming and came to Tracie's defense but there wasn't much about their romance and I wish there had been.  Of course, Macey's Foley was eventually cleaned up from the lawmen who were actually outlaws.  I was happy that The Paleface Killer and Tracie end up at his ranch and where Tracie had been living.  Power and control rule but when in the hands of the wrong man, it's corruption.   The Paleface Killer puts power and control in the hands of the people of Macey's Foley where it belongs. 


I received a copy of this book from the author and Pioneering Press and volunteered to review it.

I would give this book 3  STARS

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