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.
Read that book but it didn’t impress me.
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