A Man Called Outlaw, by K.M. Weiland: A Review
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I won’t say too much about the plot of A Man Called Outlaw. To do so might give away too much information, and I hate giving spoilers.
This novel tells two stories, thirty years apart, and switches back and forth between them–a few chapters in 1887, then a few chapters in 1858-9, then back to 1887 again. In the end the story-lines merge, and loose ends are tied up.
I hope that’s not giving away too much. But it’s obvious from the beginning that there are two stories going on. I even guessed the big secret long before the ending, but that didn’t lessen the suspense. I was still eager to see how the story played out.
The author does a good job of maintaining suspense, and despite what I thought I knew, it kept me riveted until the end. In addition to the “greedy rancher trying to force the smaller ranchers off their land” plot, the 1887 protagonist, Shane Lassiter, is struggling with his own ethical and moral dilemma. Both problems are resolved in the novel’s explosive conclusion.
Have I given too much away? I’ll shut up now. This is a great read and a good addition to every western afficianado’s library.