“Brett Riley’s COMANCHE is the best western-horror-thriller-ghost story-PI novel ever written.”―Tod Goldberg, author of Gangsterland
Yeah, OK. I’m sold already.
HP over at Hillbilly Highways scouted up Comanche. He noted that the town of Comanche is not far from Cross Plains, Texas, where Robert E. Howard banged out his immortal stories on an Underwood typewriter. That seems like a salient factoid. Love this tagline:
Like a cylinder in a six-shooter, what goes around, comes around.
Here’s the caper:
In 1887 near the tiny Texas town of Comanche, a posse finally ends the murderous career of The Piney Woods Kid in a hail of bullets. Still in the grip of blood-lust, the vigilantes hack the Kid’s corpse to bits in the dead house behind the train depot. The people of Comanche rejoice. Justice has been done. A long bloody chapter in the town’s history is over.
The year is now 2016. Comanche police are stymied by a double murder at the train depot. Witnesses swear the killer was dressed like an old-time gunslinger. Rumors fly that it’s the ghost of The Piney Woods Kid, back to wreak revenge on the descendants of the vigilantes who killed him.
Help arrives in the form of a team of investigators from New Orleans. Shunned by the local community and haunted by their own pasts, they’re nonetheless determined to unravel the mystery. They follow the evidence and soon find themselves in the crosshairs of the killer.
Comes out in September…
HP is stirring up all kinds of trouble these days. He turned me on to Mike Duncan’s Revolutions Podcast series on the Mexican Revolution. It is exhaustive and outstanding and you all should listen to it. I’m glad to have found it now, before I started my own, because I have to rethink my approach to Mexican Game of Thrones.
Not a problem. I had already pretty much decided to do the Kit Carson series first anyway. Two reasons: It’s quintessential Frontier Partisans and will establish a clear identity for the podcast. And the matter of Christopher Carson is so resonant with the current cultural moment that I think it will cast light on issues that are often clouded by partisanship. And as you know, the only partisanship we tolerate in these parts is Frontier Partisanship). I mean, why not jump right in and deal with one of the most controversial and polarizing figures in frontier history, right?
Speaking of Robert E. Howard, Deuce Richardson sent me an interesting critical essay that examines the influence of “frontier” on Howard, from a “borderlands history” perspective. Quite good, and more on it later.
I am utterly taken with Jack Sorenson’s painting The Art Lovers.
The artist says:
The Comanche painting that appears here can still be found in Palo Duro Canyon. I changed the actual location a bit to protect it from possible vandalism. It was painted with red clay and depicts a turkey hunt. The figure on the left is the hunter. The next figure is blessing the hunt, and we can see the three turkeys. In my story-line, these cowboys are admiring the talent of this unknown Comanche artist.
Dom Flemons is a national treasure. Fingers crossed we can get him here for a show in November.