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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
In An Appointment With The Gallows by Raymond Cook, a mysterious ring of criminals have been robbing silver shipments destined for the Denver Mint for a long time in a small mining town called Silverton. The U. S. Marshal's offices attempts to put an end to these crimes have been futile and, so far, three deputies have died. He is up against smart criminals and needs to outsmart them if he is to win. His new plan is to send a blacksmith, Richard, to work undercover but he needs a wife to help him blend in. The marshal knows just the perfect candidate to play the part of Richard's wife. Could a blacksmith and a prostitute waiting to be hung for murder be his answer? It will be very dangerous assignment, but the rewards for both Richard and Susan might be worth the risk. At the end of the assignment, he gets to become a real deputy marshal, and Susan is granted a pardon and a reward, and have the marriage annulled. But how will all this play out in the end?
An Appointment With The Gallows by Raymond Cook is an exciting Western historical read that is filled with enough intrigue to keep you glued to the pages as you follow Richard and Susan's story. Raymond Cook paired a captivating plot with relatable characters to bring a remarkable story to life. The character development through the plot was amazing; I connected very well with both pivotal characters but more so with Susan as she navigated through the different stages of the story. Her history and character were both very memorable. It was very interesting to follow the dynamics between Richard and Susan and how they changed as the story developed. Each new chapter had me wondering how the next step would play out and the author answered all these questions in due time. This is an excellent read for historical and Western fiction fans.