By Tony Masero
Hale, September 2012
They called him Johnny Dollar.
An orphan child raised by a preacher and destined to run foul of the law it’s bloody murder that keeps Johnny running, with trouble on his trail.
Riding shotgun into Julesville, he finds a pretty schoolteacher set to win his love. But in the shadows, the Hellblazing Gang are waiting, determined to steal something a sight more valuable than a man’s heart. The gang holds a secret which is part of Johnny’s past and the key to his future, and to gain his freedom Johnny Dollar has to pay a murderous price, one which is delivered in hot lead instead of greenbacks….
Tony Masero has created an excellent hero in Johnny Dollar. A man whose legend comes about through untrue tales about his activities, giving him an unwanted notoriety and even when Johnny thinks he may be escaping those myths someone manages to spill those untruths again and Johnny’s life takes a turn for the worse.
The story begins before Johnny is born and we follow his life through all its trials and tribulations. Being accused of murdering his guardian, then of more killings when escaping prison, these are just a couple of the difficulties he has to deal with. Later, when he meets Joanna and finds himself working as a lawman life looks like it’s taking a turn for the better…until he realizes a bunch of people from his past are set to destroy his dreams.
Full of excellent characters the story moves forwards at a swift pace, with action aplenty. Tony Masero brings everything to a head in a courtroom showdown that concludes the tale of Johnny Dollar in superb fashion.
I also noticed that Tony Masero tips his hat to a number of western authors from days past as his uses their names for a lot of his characters; for instance you’ll find a Short, LeMay and Slade.
Tony Masero not only wrote the book he also painted the cover image too.
Let’s hope it’s not too long before we see another BHW from Tony.
Johnny Dollar has an official release date of September 28th but is available now.