For a book published in 1977, Lewis Patten’s The Trial at Apache Junction might seem like a pretty tired Western. But how tired, really, is such a novel when its story makes sense and its action passages are fairly imaginative? It concerns a sheriff who knows the scoundrel he’s supposed to execute did not get a proper trial, and it’s fun despite a few stale details. Throw in a perfidious deputy and a career-ending murder, and you just might end up with a notable entertainment.
Does the book have anything to say? Nope. It’s neither philosophical nor religious nor political. It’s the usual trinket. Have fun.