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Their story begins once again in the s Wyoming Territory, then thunders through to s New Orleans. The two Deputy U. Marshals continue to find themselves on the outside of societal norms. Cash Laramie is Nine rousing, noir Western tales with a hardboiled edge are collected in this third volume of short stories, Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles.
Cash Laramie is known as The Outlaw Marshal for his unorthodox conduct toward criminals and his cavalier approach to life. Gideon Miles, one of the first African Americans in the marshal service, is honorable, fearless, and unrivaled in his skills with guns, knives, and tracking. These independent, resourceful lawmen develop a bond, establishing a formidable defense in a wayward land where good and wicked are often hard to distinguish and life is as cheap as a two-bit game of poker.
Kindle Edition , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Oct 25, Charles rated it it was amazing Shelves: An excellent collection of stories and vignettes that bring more depth to the history of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles. It fleshes out that history with the introduction of new characters whose lives intersect with those of Laramie and Miles. It takes us into the later stages of the lives of these two as well. Dec 26, Ron rated it it was amazing Shelves: As part of his "education of a pulp writer," David Cranmer has been reinventing the traditional western over the past several years with his introduction of two deputy U.
The two peace officers work out of s Cheyenne, Wyoming, bringing in malefactors, felons, and fugitives from justice, of which as we know, there were plenty in the Old West. Both men are admirable in their own ways not to say distinctive in their manner and personal style, as is ofte As part of his "education of a pulp writer," David Cranmer has been reinventing the traditional western over the past several years with his introduction of two deputy U.
Both men are admirable in their own ways not to say distinctive in their manner and personal style, as is often the case in pulp fiction. Cash Laramie has acquired a reputation as the Outlaw Marshal, stepping at times outside the precise requirements of his job description to bring undesirables to heel. Historians will recognize in him the thin gray line that separated the lawful and unlawful activities of frontier lawmen whose skill with side arms also qualified them as gunfighters More at my blog. Oct 17, Randy rated it it was amazing. The third collection of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles stories.
They're both older these days, most of the tales set in the twentieth century. The two men have aged gracefully and, while their reflexes may have slowed, nevertheless they are still dangerous men. A lifetime of caution have sharpened their minds. The fact that they are older helps as well, the young dismissing them because of it.
Several tales are by Chuck Tyrell, one a memorable remembrance by Wyatt Earp's wife Sadie to Cash's daughter Veranda Jane to a team-up of sorts between the pair in Alaska. As always, an entertaining read. Nov 08, Kevintipple rated it it was amazing. The latest in the series of excellent westerns is a collection of five previously published tales.
Their age may have slowed them down or worse, but the legacy of their actions lives on long afterwards. He works out of the Cheyenne office as does Gideon Miles. Chief Deputy Devon Penn thinks that three months is enough and sends Gideon Miles sends him to go find Cash and get him back and on the job as it is and there is work to be done. Messing with Cash as he sits at a table reading his paper in the Beckett Hotel and Saloon is not a good idea. The young racist should be glad that Gideon Miles is trying to drown with whiskey his feelings over being forced to kill a man.
It is a long way back to Cheyenne with the screams of the mother ringing loudly in his ears. Instead, the plan now is to somehow stay alive as Black Jack, with the help of two of his men, have beaten the heck out of Marshal Cash Laramie and left him to die while making good on their escape. Though it does not look that way as this complicated story begins with Miles hitting the trail alone.
Both lawmen know that van Jones is heading for his hideout near the owl Creek Mountains. Once there he will have his gang backing him while Cash has to stay in town and testify in court regarding another matter. People keep dying at the McAllister family plot. Her Uncle Charlie thought their help would be a good idea, but she has her reasons for not wanting their help.
Cash Laramie is the subject, among others, as the men play cards. Because it soon becomes clear that at least one of the players is a card cheat one knows gunfire is sure to soon erupt. A body is on a bank of a Louisiana bayou and the spilling blood is attracting an alligator looking to do what comes naturally. Cash and Gideon are bonded by friendship as well as the fact that neither one is accepted as he is by many people.
That bond also extends to their code of justice which requires each one to do what is right as opposed what the law says in some cases. Each tale is more than just a story of men on horseback getting the bad guy or bad guys. Each tale is complicated with plenty of interesting characters, a mystery or two, and plenty of action to keep the reader turning the pages. Whether the Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles is your first exposure to cash and Gideon or one you come to after many other books in the series, these reads are all good ones well worth your time.
Either is possible, but I suspect the author sent in my way for my use in an objective review. Feb 23, Heath Lowrance rated it really liked it. We seem to be in the beginning stages of a real resurgence of interest regarding Westerns. I couldn't begin to tell you why, but I'm thankful for it. My own interest in the genre is fairly recent as well, coinciding nicely with the new spike. Something in the water, I reckon. Or in the rotgut whiskey. Riding the first wave of the Western resurgence is a fella we'll call Edward A.
Grainger, coming full-throttle out of the stable with the insanely fun short story collection The Adventures of Cash L We seem to be in the beginning stages of a real resurgence of interest regarding Westerns. Grainger, coming full-throttle out of the stable with the insanely fun short story collection The Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles.
Cash and Gideon are Marshalls in the town of Cheyenne in the late 's, a time when lawlessness ran rampant and only a few dedicated men stood tall and ready to defend law and justice--or, in the case of our heroes, at least justice. They're great characters, these two.
Throwbacks, in a way, to the sort of steady and silent heroes you might remember from your youth: The kind of gun-totting hombres you'd want on your side with the chips are down. So yeah, there's something charmingly old-fashioned about these stories, but Grainger is a smart enough writer to know that the modern reader needs something more than just a nostalgia trip, or a mythologizing of an era that's already been mythologized to hell and back.
These stories do more than that; they also give us a real picture of the ugly violence and rampant racism of the time. With Gideon Miles, a black man wielding authority in a time when that was almost unheard of, we have a hero who is confident, realistic in his world view, and--often--the moral center of his world. But the bulk of the stories in Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles focus on Cash--a decent and resourceful man with an incredibly strong sense of right and wrong. In the introduction, Grainger says the stories were inspired by Leone's terrific "spaghetti westerns", but the truth is he gives us characters much more fully developed than that, and in Cash we have a hero who is more obviously on the side of the angels than anyone in those morally murky films.
And I guess there's no point in being coy about it, as it's an open secret anyway--Grainger is the pen name of David Cranmer, editor of Beat to a Pulp. I say this just in case you had any doubts about picking this collection up. Cranmer is a guy with impeccable taste in stories, and he doesn't go any easier on his own work. All in all, some great stuff.
The episodic nature of the stories would lend themselves well to being a television show, a la The Rifleman, Stagecoach, Gunsmoke, etc Man, wouldn't that be great? Anyway, buy this book. Boy had those tales better do the business if you're starting off with that. Edward A Granger sure didn't let me down with his work, unless leaving me needing to read more of them can be a crime laid at his door. Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles work in a world that is familiar to me from old movies and legends.
In some ways, that gives the author and advantage as with the merest hint of description I'm able to fill in an entire 70mm frame. That suggests it was easy; I'd say it's the opposite. It would have been so easy to overload the tales with the unnecessary and Granger gets this perfect. Their worlds are the extremes, the panoramic open spaces of the landscape and the claustrophobia of bars and hotel rooms where there's barely enough room to draw a gun.
Their internal worlds are also of extremes. Extreme males with a dash of sensitivity. Certainty in what they do versus a barrow-load of question marks. The need to do what a man has to do and the need to leave all morality on the side for a while as they take care of business. Throughout the book there are biblical names. I'm not well-versed enough to try and attach meaning to Solomon and Delilah, Mary and Lazarus or Gideon, but I do think this world they all inhabit is a place where Old Testament and New Testament crash into each other like high-speed trains.
Cash Laramie is from the eye-for-an-eye mould, yet at the same time he has compassion and a need to apply justice correctly. Packing a series of stories together like this gives the book much more weight than a simple binding of short stories.
It's like Block's Hitman in that respect; instead of feeling like short pieces, I was left with a sense that I'd completed a novel as I'd spent so much time with the same characters. There are all the ingredients you might imagine in Western tales and more. The conversation is perfectly handled, lots said with hardly an opening of a mouth.
Take this for an epitaph: Fast gun and beloved son. Another thing that demonstrates the writer's skill is his description of the shoot-outs. He's so matter-of-fact and brief. Where they might have been used as a culmination of a story, Granger just includes it like he might any other piece of the puzzle.
He's also worked Cash into a multi-faceted character, even allowing him to show his hand as a detective now and then. My advice to readers is that this is a real treat. An absolute joy of a read. A needs buying kind of book even at ten times the price you can get it for.
Go buy your ticket. This is a series of shorts featuring primarily Marshall Cash Laramie in a western setting. I will post my review of each story individually, first. Maybe a 2 star rating. I felt it flowed badly and there wasn't much logic at all to at all. It didn't seem realistic This is a series of shorts featuring primarily Marshall Cash Laramie in a western setting. It didn't seem realistic to me, just another sad plot twist attempt. Kid Eddie says he didn't commit the crimes he is supposed to be executed for. But then while traveling back to the town where his trial is supposed to be held, he and Cash Laramie are ambushed.
Afterwards Kid Eddie is gunned down due to trying to run and confessing to the murders, etc. Somehow I like him better than Cash Laramie. He seems more dashing, and more about morality, than Cash. This story finally brought the lawmen's lifestyle and choices home to me.
It makes more sense in my head now. Sherlock Holmsy-type mystery to be solved, which Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles managed to do without too much bloodshed! I never like to think about things like child abuse in general, or even specifically in a western era It was a backwards-outlaw story, where the bad guy is really the good guy. An earlier character had been lynched and our good Marshall Cash Laramie hunts him down and manages to get another outlaw in the same hand!
All in all pretty good works. Very western, but also much too short. I had expected a bit more in the way of storytelling and details Shame, since there were some good ideas here none that were blazing, but some good ones. Nov 21, Elizabeth A. I have a confession to make.
I have another confession to make. Grainger, aka David Cranmer, is turning me into a convert. And he does it very, very well. And that makes all the difference in the world to this reluctant reader of Westerns.
Marshals, are charismatic and unique individuals. Laramie is known to display an unorthodox streak as questionable as the outlaws he hunts, his behavior often fueled by the approach to life that was ingrained in him having been raised by Native Americans.
For his part, Miles brings the challenge of being one of the first black Marshals into play, showing how his status as a black man in the s Old West can make both all the difference in the world and none whatsoever to how he does the job… often at the same time. Instead, I actually recommend this collection to you if, like me, you are a reluctant reader of Westerns. Jun 11, Chris Rhatigan rated it it was amazing. Grainger aka David Cranmer delivers seven satisfying stories that you shouldn't miss. I'm not always the biggest fan of Westerns, but here the quality trumps any reservations about genre.
Grainger possesses a gift for characterization and one of the things I enjoyed most about this collection was seeing how Cash Laramie developed--from action hero in The Wind Scorpion to cool compromiser in Under the Sun. But throughout Cash Laramie and his partner, Gideon Miles, are pursuers of justice as they see it. Both prove to be complex and very likable heroes.
Under the Sun, co-written with Sandra Seamans, is one entry in the collection that doesn't focus on the duo, instead rotating to the perspective of Delilah, who repays a debt to an Indian, Brave Coyote. Here Grainger and Seamans deal with the political and moral realities of law enforcement in the old West while telling a riveting story.
If you like fast pulp action and adventure with real characters and fine writing, you'll love Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles. Feb 03, Desiree reilly rated it it was amazing. They are going form one place to another cashes bad guys form west to north and east and south. The marshal love his drink once in while sometime when he goes in the bar it get remarks and then and his partner who is black can settle it or shoot them and then collect the money for the guys. Jun 28, Douglas Cook rated it really liked it Shelves: These short stories are great westerns in the Clint Eastwood genre.
I am also reminded of the stories of the great Louis L'Amour. First paragraph of the first short story in the book. Staggering ahead, the trail twisted for miles. Any hope of crossing paths with a helping hand vanished with the arrival of the afternoon sun's fiery breath. Water, he needed water. Straying These short stories are great westerns in the Clint Eastwood genre. Straying from the security of the well-worn trail was surely a death sentence.
There was no way of knowing how far he'd have to wander to find a stream, and in his weakened condition, without a gun, he was no match for the treacherous Wyoming terrain and wildlife. He knew he must stick to the road that eventually would lead to Vermillion, and hopefully, the men who left him to die. He had been escorting a prisoner, Black Jack Larson, to Cheyenne to stand trial for the murder of a circuit judge when he was jumped and beaten by Larson's men. Feb 04, Tracy rated it did not like it. These stories, short as they are, are packed with cliches, wooden dialogue, generic descriptions when descriptions are provided at all , and dull one-note characters.
The writing is lazy first draft material, with confusing action scenes, poor word choice much of which seems to be plucked at random from a thesaurus by someone with a poor vocabulary , and sloppy grammar Mark Twain already reviewed this when he wrote Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses http: The writing is lazy first draft material, with confusing action scenes, poor word choice much of which seems to be plucked at random from a thesaurus by someone with a poor vocabulary , and sloppy grammar. All the five star reviews that prompted me to purchase this are mind-boggling.
Apparently none of the people who wrote them have heard of Larry McMurtry, Elmore Leonard, or anyone else who has mastered the art of the Western. This book is everything that's bad about today's self-publishing market, where writers shell out hundreds for fancy book covers but won't give an editor a dime.
Don't waste your time or money on this one. Feb 08, Pearce Hansen rated it really liked it. What I admired as much as anything else in this book, was that it was unpretentious. Strong stories, simply told, without trying for affected language. This is a very CLEAN book, with short stories perfect for a coffee break or when you don't have much time to get your reading fix.
You can tell Edward had a lot of fun writing this, and that the milieu is one he cares about. As others have noted, the old west of the spaghetti westerns, of Clint Eastwood and the Man with No Clint Eastwood country. As others have noted, the old west of the spaghetti westerns, of Clint Eastwood and the Man with No Name, came through strongly as an unspoken backdrop.
And then, as if all this weren't enough, Mr. Grainger prices this collection at 0. This is the kind of book the Kindle was invented for: The author should be very proud of this book, and I hope it sells like hotcakes for him. If you haven't read this yet, do yourself a favor and do so. Cash is the harbinger of the law, but he bears much more than this, he bears a conscience that is often at disagreement with the law. One of my favorite reads for this year. Sep 24, Warren Stalley rated it really liked it. Going back to the source I found this short story collection by the original writer and creator Edward A Grainger.
What follows is a rough and tough selection of outlaws, bandits and villains hunted down by the relentless Marshal Cash Laramie and his partner in some of the stories fellow deputy Gideon Miles. The narrative in these stories is thin, taunt and hardboiled. There are no paragraphs of waste just concise and economical pages sprinkled with action and dialogue. Interestingly the author manages to include topics such as race and child abuse to give real depth to the collection. For any western fan or curious reader I would recommend this collection.
Seven short stories in this volume that was free for Kindle. When I was looking for something to read I often picked up a book by these authors. So I've read a few Westerns in my day. These short stories made me think of the dime novels that were so popular in the last s. I imagine a lot of them were just like these stories. Cash and Gideon are U. Marshals in Wyoming circa Their lives are complicated. Gideon especially because h Seven short stories in this volume that was free for Kindle.
Gideon especially because he is black. Each story tells of an outlaw and consequences.
Those consequences don't always follow the letter of the law. Great reading for anyone who loves Westerns. Jan 23, Tmholland38 rated it liked it. This book was okay. It was a quick read.