Thursday, July 1, 2010

A POLICEMAN'S LOT

Hicks shook his head, clearing his mind, and ran around the tent, out into the open. He stood there in the middle of the field, tents pitched all around him, and apart from the sound of the horses in the makeshift corral and the incessant hiss of the rain, all was silent.

Cody, he thought. I’ve got to get to Cody.

It was his last thought as a hand suddenly came up behind him and clamped over his mouth. He didn’t even get a chance to react before a gleaming steel blade opened his throat, sending his life gushing from him in a crimson torrent.
Inspector Frank Parade has his hands full when Buffalo Bill and 500 of his circus employees descend on the Welsh town of Pontypridd to put on Bill’s famous west extravaganza. Murders begin happening immediately and Parade suspects a member of Cody's show is a killer and possibly the trail he's pursuing is leading him to the infamous London "Ripper" murders.

I enjoy stories that feature Wild West heroes and the ones that follow them into the dawn of the 20th century are especially enticing. In A Policeman's Lot, Gary Dobbs partners up Parade and Buffalo Bill making for an enjoyable detecting duo. He does a fine job of bringing the famous Wild West showman to life and his descriptions of Pontypridd, the era, and people sparkle. I'm hoping Mr. Dobbs doesn't leave Frank Parade on the sidelines too long because I'm betting there are more adventures in him. Or, maybe Bill Cody -- there’s an idea worth exploring -- Buffalo Bill as a world-traveling crime-solver.

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10 comments:

Paul D. Brazill said...

Sounds good. I'll pick it up when I'm in England over the summer.

Dave King said...

Buddies in the Saddle I think, for me.

David Cranmer said...

Paul, Don't have to wait, it's an ebook.

Dave, I know I'm not the best reviewer but...

Laurie Powers said...

It's a great story - I was lucky enough to read an early version. Thought your review was spot on.

David Cranmer said...

Thanks Laurie.

Ron Scheer said...

You're right, David. It's great material, and Parade is a policeman you really get to like. I don't know if we're supposed to catch a "Welshness" about him (have to ask Gary), but he's a fully realized character.

I've thought that the Jack the Ripper part of the story should have been left as a surprise for the reader rather than used as a hook up front. I'd be interested in your opinion.

David Cranmer said...

Ron, I agree. Mr. Dobbs went with a, perhaps, more original approach but I would have left it as a revelation later on. It still doesn't detract though.

Matt said...

Sounds like a historical good read.

Anonymous said...

I could never say no to a Ripper novel.

James Marple

David Cranmer said...

Matt, Time and place are very well written.

James Marple, I've never been a fan of Ripper books or films but this is more a what if investigation which is why I like it. Does that make sense?