, February 24, 2020
(view all comments by Charles)
The Lilley clan has a problem. And who should arrive on the scene but John "Dodge" Mercer, a gun man along the lines of Buck Duane or Brazos Keene, someone willing to use his skill to help someone in trouble. Yet, he had hoped to leave all that behind -to "dodge" trouble. But when illegal white mule whiskey and cattle thieves try to ruin the Lilleys, Dodge has no choice but to intervene. At first, Nan Lilley opposes his intervention to confront Hathaway's moonshine operation because Hathaway has a lien on Lilley property and might foreclose, but she finally concludes that it had to happen--that things had to get worse before they could get better for the family. This short, for Zane Grey, novel is one good enough to read because it is Zane Grey--there are no spectacular events, or people, just a solid story as only Zane Grey could tell it.