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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tale out of Luck - Nelson


A Tale Out of Luck   9781599957326_94X145   by Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely.  NY: Center Street, 2008.   256 pages, hardback, ISBN-13: 978-1599957326  $21.95.   The brown, gold, and black jacket provides a genuine attempt to project an old style, worn cover, maybe done in "rich Corinthian leather." 

Luck, Texas is a town around and out of which the novel's plot is set and sprung.  Nelson lovers will enjoy this Western, it's got action, characters, and the usual.  Ghost arrows kill a rustler, and old Ranger Tomlinson revives his recollection of an earlier ghost arrows murder in which he was implicated.  Before the mystery is solved you've got Indians (yes, Comanches), horses (invoking Steel Dust Gray), a horse-whisperer (Jubal), Buffalo Soldiers, eavesdropping, shoot-outs, orphans, and love with a bar owner (Flora).  Will Tomlinson be found to be an actual murderer of his fellow Rangers?  His son Jay Blue and adopted brother Skeeter leave Luck behind to get to he bottom of it all.  Jay summarizes it all with "Well, danged if it didn't look like a load of fun being a Tomlinson right now!"  You'll enjoy following young Jay.

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