The Widow’s Work: Part One (Whiskey and Wheelguns)
by J. Edward Paul
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In Barlow’s Gulch your friends are traitors, outlaws, shamans, and the occasional fancy lady. Heroes are both reluctant and inebriated.
When Pearl barrels into the Rusty Hinge with a vampire on her heels, Sheriff and his band of Confederate deserters are dragged into a series of adventures weirder and infinitely more dangerous than the war they ran from. Who is the beautiful widow with the silver handled wheelgun? Can she be trusted with their lives?
Occasionally aided by Atsidi, a Navajo shaman in his cups more than his pants, the former soldiers do battle with a vampire gunslinger, a seductive skinwalker, a vengeful demon, and a brothel brimming with werewolves.
Are these the tall tales of a band of cowards or a chronicle of heroes?
The Widow’s Work is One to Watch (My Review):
The men of Barlow’s Gulch have carved out a nice, relatively quite niche in their corner of the west until a disheveled Pearl, fleeing for her life, barrels into theirs. A brewing storm isn’t the only thing that’s hot on the heels of the lovely, gun-toting filly. In this, the first in a series of weird west tales, the widow’s work is only just begun. J. Edward Paul does a great job bringing the world into focus, his narrative voice so strong that I wonder if he’s not a gunslinger re-incarnate. Perhaps Astidi, the debauched Navajo shaman, has worked his magic, channeling a bit of John Wayne and Bela Lugosi into what is surely the form of a man more than mortal. In any event, after reading the first book in the series one thing is clear, The Widow’s Work is One to Watch, and I’ll be looking out for the next one to drop!