Short Review: A Wind of Knives by Ed Kurtz

12 Jul



Yes this book is original, dark, and shocking. And, very fun to read.
I love westerns — when they are good. Problem is, most of the them aren’t very good. But when they are good, man, they are so good.
So, when I realized this book was a western (I didn’t know it when I started it) and the opening chapter just ROCKED, I was very excited.
But, (and this is one of those rare positive buts) it isn’t the usual western. Sure, there are horses and guns and romance and Comanches and Texas Rangers and cowboys and guns and gunfights and stuff like that. And, like so many westerns, the whole thing is a revenge story.
However, this is not the usual story. First, the main character is trying to avenge the death of his dead ranch hand with whom he was having a hot sexual love affair, and, second, the revenge doesn’t quite work out as perfectly as usual in the genre.
That said, I found this divergence from the usual both compelling and exciting.
I highly recommend A Wind of Knives.

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