Book Review: The Bitter Night

This western story revolves around one night at a stage stop where supper is served. The owner is Susan Girard and Glen Logan a business owner in Gold City visits her for their weekly date. Glen has repeatedly ask Susan to marry him but she has continually put him off because she did not want her no account father to have the opportunity to sponge off him just because she got married. The survival of the town is riding on the stage fifty thousand dollars. The main teller has shot himself and the confidence in the bank is very low. With out the money the bank and town could dry up and blow away.

What more would you need to create a plot for a story in the old west. Let us add two outlaw brothers that have escaped jail. It is assumed that they know about the fifty thousand dollars carried on the stage. The night is stormy with the intensity that is known to the mountains. As Glen crosses the bridge on the tail from Gold City he is almost swept away as the swollen stream tales the bridge into its swirling breast. The passengers that arrive on the stage highlight the addition of more conspirators, to the stories list of players. Let us increase the players with the no account father and the people that help run the stage stop.

There are many ups and downs where you think the story will end but you know better because there are to many pages left to read. Wayne D. Overholser is able to keep the characters moving in a logical and understanding manner. The story like most westerns and any well-written book conceals the ending and gives you the reader the ability to be surprised and satisfied on all accounts.

I recommend this book to western readers.

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