Leah and the Bounty Hunter
Zebra, Aug 1 2011, $6.99
Three years ago, Jace Gage’s wife had him hung. He survived his demise and since the near death experience, the Civil War veteran has become a ruthless Avenger; a bounty hunter with no mercy.
In 1868 desperate to clean up lawless Defiance, Dakota Territory whose worst thug is Sheriff Bill Kemp, the Cheyenne U.S. Marshal hires Jace. He enters Defiance defiant, as he no longer fears death and is unconcerned with collateral damage. However, the man assumed to have no heart hits a soul searching roadblock when he saves Leah Morgan and her “nice pet” from an assault by one of Kemp’s contemptible deputies. He orders her to stay out of harm’s way but she refuses, which means he must keep safe the woman who stole his heart.
The latest trip to post Civil War Defiance is a wonderful tale of second chances starring a famous aloof Avenger and a tough foolish heroine. The lead characters and their relationship is similar in tone to that of the previous titled protagonists (in Rachel and the Hired Gun, and Audrey and the Maverick), but bring different baggage that keeps the “Town without Pity” (Gene Pitney) fresh.