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- Publisher : Good Press (November 27, 2019)
- Publication date : November 27, 2019
- File size : 1880 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08232X9SZ
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Print length : 168 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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These stories don't involve life or death struggles against depraved big city criminals like you'll find in the Gray Seal books. Here the stakes are smaller and the tone usually much lighter. Think of Big Cloud, the frontier town where the Hill Division is based, in terms of a 1950s television western. There are a few continuing characters, in this case District Superintendent Carlton and his 'Master Mechanic' Tommy Reagan, who act as a sort of Matt Dillon and Festus team a la 'Gunsmoke,' but the focus for each short story is usually someone else. Specifically a man never referenced before and never seen afterwards who has to overcome some moral or physical challenge.
The trouble is that those characters are usually rather one-dimensional and their struggles not all that interesting. To be sure Packard writes knowledgeably about railroad life, but that by itself wasn't enough to hold my interest. There is the comedic element which appears in most of these stories, but that frequently fell flat for me as well. A bit too heavy-handed for my tastes. F. L. Packard is certainly not in the class of P. G. Wodehouse (who is?)
I rate this one two and a half stars. I didn't get much pleasure in reading it but it wasn't bad enough for me to give up on it either.
As an aside the newspaper in Big Cloud is the Daily Sentinel, just like in the Green Hornet series. Hornet co-creator George W. Trendle was a Packard fan so it's quite possible he got the name from this very book!