Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Last Cash Laramie
Pulp Modern Number Four features my latest Cash Laramie story, "Merciless." This hardboiled post-western follows the Outlaw Marshal into the 1920s. Cash still lives in Cheyenne but the town around him has changed and not for the better. Men are soft and the beer is watered down. Then, to top it off, the seventy-year-old Cash is challenged by a young upstart who knocks down the famed lawman in the saloon he's frequented for the last quarter century. With a bruised ego, Cash limps home to an unloving girlfriend who's been hounding him to sell his memoirs for a few dollars. What's left? Well, a final showdown between the 'civilized' world and a man who knows how to be merciless. This story may be the last chronologically for Cash Laramie. I had a helluva lot of fun writing it with gracious help from Chuck Tyrell. And thanks to editor Alec Cizak.