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Then the telegram came: Stuart, I need you in Portland. Tim Wiseman is missing. I think there’s a cover-up going on. Tell folks you’re going to the Exposition. Nose around. Find out how a U.S. Marshal can disappear and no one knows why. I’ll contact you there. T.R.
How could he refuse a request from the President of the United States?
“I wish you moments of true joy, Stuart.” (p.386)
Although I’ve not read a lot of Stephen Bly’s work, I imagine that Stuart Brannon is probably very similar to the man who created him. A true, classic cowboy hero, in the later years of life and entering into a new era of cars and golf clubs, Stuart faces some unexpected challenges in fighting crime and solving mysteries! Yet he handles it all with the calm assurance that only a truly honest man possesses regardless of his situation. The ending is a satisfying tribute to both the author and his created hero.
I don’t consider myself a “fan” of this genre, but there is a certain timelessness about Bly’s hero that deserves a closer look. The fact that his wife and family took the time and effort to ensure that his final book was published after his death makes it even more meaningful. And it may just be my overactive mind, but I felt like Stuart’s longing to finally take a “real” vacation, as well as other subtle innuendoes toward the end of the novel, made a fitting ending to this author’s career.
If you are a fan of cowboy fiction, please don’t miss this story!
If you would like to read the first chapter of Stuart Brannon's Final Shot, go HERE.