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C. COURTNEY JOYNER. Shotgun

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C. COURTNEY JOYNER. Shotgun. Pinnacle. Mass market paperback, 314 pages, $6.99, www.kensingtonbooks.com.

Civil War veteran Dr. John Bishop is on the vengeance trail, riding with a beautiful Cheyenne woman in pursuit of the gang of cutthroats that butchered his family and cut off the doctor’s right hand. The trail will lead him to renegades from the Union and Confederate armies and his own outlaw brother. But if you’re thinking this is your typical revenge Western, think again. In a tribute to the Italian spaghetti Westerns, Joyner’s hero has replaced his amputated hand with a double-barrel shotgun. It’s easy to picture Franco Nero starring as Bishop in a 1960s epic directed by Sergio Corbucci. Fast-paced, fun and imaginative, with a crackerjack ending.