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Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite
Four-Flusher by James M Shellenbergar is a mesmerizing Western with an unforgettable protagonist, a compelling story of one man’s search for justice for a murdered sister. Elijah Pike returns from the war to the disquieting reality of his sister’s murder and what makes it even more painful is the fact that her killer was never caught. He has chosen to be a bounty hunter and has made a good reputation in the field, including delivering the notorious Bill Duncan to the Sheriff, dead. When he finds out about the killer’s lair, he sets out to capture the killer.
This is an interesting story with great characters. I liked the writing and the way the author handles the setting. It is the Wild West, and a time when telegrams were still sent and when rangers were very common. The author ensures that elements of the setting, including the sunbaked land of the Arizona Territory with the stark sky and the heat, are well-written into the story. The characters are sophisticated and the background to each character comes out brilliantly in the story. For instance, the protagonist is a tough guy who’s been at war and readers can understand the rough part of him from his experience. Will Carroll is another enigmatic character and I loved the suspense built around this character. I enjoyed how the accents of the characters are captured in the well-written dialogues. Four-Flusher is a fast-paced, tightly written, and cunningly plotted story of revenge. It is a delightful read for fans of Westerns.