By Ed Law
Hale, February 2014
When Dalton rides into Lonetree looking for work, he arrives in a town crippled by the local outlaw: the Sundown Kid. The Kid has a tight hold over the town, but Dalton’s desperation for employment means he lands the task of resolving the newest kidnap situation. He is asked to deliver the ransom to the bandit in order to secure the safe return of the young Sera Culver.
Before Dalton reaches the rendezvous point however, disaster strikes and the ransom is stolen. A fearsome shootout leaves him stranded in the wilderness: no ransom, no girl, no bounty. With the fate of a young woman at stake, the ransom money to hunt down, and the Sundown Kid to bring to justice, can Dalton fight the good fight and help Lonetree prevail?
Dalton and the Sundown Kid is the ninth book in the series.
One of the things I like about Dalton is he is prone to making rash decisions that don’t always turn out for the best. This is what happens in this story leading to some tense situations that Dalton has to struggle to overcome.
The story is also filled with questions, such as who stole the ransom, where did the money come from in the first place, and who is Sera’s father – this latter puzzle providing a surprising answer. This is just one of the twists Ed Law includes meaning it’s hard to second-guess the trail this fast moving tale will take.
For those who like a little romance there is a bit of that here too but not for Dalton, although his actions could cause problems for those involved due to Sera’s reactions to him.
There’s plenty of gunplay before the final shootout that ties everything up neatly, well nearly everything as there is still one question to be answered and that provides a great ending to this very entertaining story and leaves me looking forward to the next book in the series.
Dalton and the Sundown Kid (A Black Horse Western) from Amazon.co.uk