BORN TO HANG
A Jeremiah Halstead Western
By Terrance McCauley
This is the fourth entry in the Jeremiah Halstead series and like the previous books, a slam-bang action packed western ride. At the end of the last installment, Halstead, the protégé of Montana Marshal Aaron Mackey, had been falsely charged with the murder of to sheriff’s deputies and a warrant issued for his arrest. Knowing fully well his Deputy Marshal had been targeted by a corrupt federal judge, Mackey allowed Halstead time to escape the city and disappear into the western mountain ranges known as the Flatheads.
As “Born To Hang” opens, Mackey, fearing numerous bounty
hunters are now on Halstead’s trail, dispatches another of his men, Jason
Sanborne, to find the fugitive and bring him back to Helena before he’s gunned down. Mackey is
right to be worried, as Halstead is indeed set upon by mountain trappers eager
to claim the five thousand dollar reward on his head. After surviving two such
ambushes and leaving five men dead, Halstead comes down out of the mountains to
a small village known as Barren Pines. Here he hopes to resupply his provisions
and wait out a harsh winter storm.
Instead what he finds is a conniving dance hall queen known
as the Glamorous Glenda who is working with the town lawman, to trap Halstead
and bring him back to Missoula
for the reward. At the same, Halstead’s nemesis, the one-armed Emil Riker, is
on his way there along with a group of gunmen to mete out his own blood
vengeance on the man who killed his brother and took shot off his arm.
Between killers and surprise allies, Barren Pines soon becomes the nexus of survival for the weary Halstead. Will his uncanny luck finally expire? Once again, Terrance McCauley spins a truly terrific story with memorable characters and tons of gun-blazing action. “Born To Hang” is another of his bonafide western winners.