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Torn and Frayed (The Drifter Detective) (Volume 7) Paperback – April 15, 2016
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Despite what happens, Jack sticks around town. Eventually Laramie, grandson of Cash Laramie, goes to work for a local rancher by the name of Othmer. At first he is just helping the elderly rancher take care of the livestock and property, but things change when Othmer tells him of recent events involving his daughter, Nancy. What Othmer thinks is going on isn’t. As usual, Jack feels a duty to set things as right as he can. Some people are just bad and there are plenty of those types in Torn And Frayed: The Drifter Detective Series Number 7.
This seventh book in the series also includes a bonus short story featuring Cash Laramie, U.S. Marshal in “Missing.” Also seen in the book, Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles, the short story tells of a time when Cash, known as the “Outlaw Marshal” went missing in 1888 and Gideon Miles had to go looking for him.
Once again, David Cranmer brings readers back into Jack Laramie. A man looking for his place after World War II in a world that is changing. There is a lot of his grandfather in him and one gets the sense that he is a man born to the wrong time. Plenty of mystery and action make this latest installment in the Drifter Detective series another mighty good read.
Material was purchased back in April to read and review by way of funds in my Amazon Associate account.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2016
The main character in this series is Jack Laramie, who is the grandson of Legendary US marshal Cash Laramie, created by Edward Grainger. Jack Laramie is a WWII vet who roams post WWII Texas in a rickety DeSoto with a horse trailer hitched on the back. He is an occasional PI. Jack Laramie has many of the characteristics of his grandfather, although perhaps a bit less of a total bad ass. He takes on a case, gets into a mess, and somehow extricates himself, although it is seldom pretty. Along the way, he gets beat on and does some beating back, and the series seldom ends with a clear cut: “good guys win” scenario.
Torn and Frayed follows this general pattern. Jack decides to take a break from the road and PI work and takes a job as a ranch hand. Turns out the rancher has a past that is coming back to haunt him, most specifically in the form of a daughter who is not what her father thinks she is. A lot of unpleasant history gets revealed along the way.
Like most in the Drifter Detective series, Torn and Frayed does not tie the story up in a nice pretty package at the end. There’s messiness and ugliness and it’s hard to say that anyone really wins. They survive, at a cost. But this series has real sense of realism running through it and Torn and Frayed fits well into this pattern. I much enjoyed it.
There is, in addition, a bonus story at the end, “Missing,” which features Cash Laramie himself.
The stories are set in a more innocent time of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans…that maybe wasn’t quite as innocent as we remember it, certainly not for Mr. Laramie. The time is post World War II. An era many still remember, either from their own lives or movies and books. And Cranmer does a good job with it.
The stories in the series fall somwhere between short stories and novellas and the rotating authors adds a nice touch. Cranmer does an excellent job in this latest entry. It’s down and dirty, in the best sense!
The author had me hooked on page one.
I got pulled right into the story, hoping the scoundrels would get the A** kickin' they deserved
Very steady paced, I hated the story to be over....I will be on the look out for book 8