James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
(print ISBN: 9781481028646) ebook price $0.99 213 pages
Wind River is a classic style western. There are no holes in the storytelling. The locations, technologies and general events fit the real history of the west. Many contemporary western writers play fast and loose with history so it is nice to find someone who takes the time and has the general feel of the historic setting. The one thing missing from this horse opera is that the historic west in this story is just a setting to the tale and not a full participant in the storyline. Wind River is a railhead town. Two entrepreneurs have built the town and brought the property before the tracks were built. Cole Tyler is a buffalo hunter and scout traveling on the very first train to enter the town. The celebrations thrown for the arrival of the first train ends in a brawl and murder of one of the entrepreneurs. Cole is hired by the town to control the violence of the railhead and is asked by the widow to find the murderer of her husband. He didn't know what he has gotten himself into as he is nearly immediately attacked. The more he looks into the people in the town the more hidden things come out. Nearly everyone has a hidden past. Wind River is a solid western. It is better written than most contemporary westerns. In the very best westerns the setting becomes a full participant enriching the tale. Wind River just misses that high mark. The story is an easy recommendation for any western reader or for anyone wanting a first read in the genre. It is easily worth the minimal price. The mystery and action are enough for readers in the detective mystery genre to enjoy as well.
S.A. Gorden, Reviewer