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JOHN D. NESBITT. Don’t Be a Stranger

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JOHN D. NESBITT. Don’t Be a Stranger. Five Star Publishing. Hardcover, 218 pages, $25.95, gale.cengage.com/fivestar.

Whenever John Nesbitt publishes, devotees of the Western motif perk up like prairie dogs. Whether through short fiction, novels, or poetry, Nesbitt finds ways to express his eloquence and narrative gift. In Don’t Be a Stranger, Nesbitt hangs his hat on the peg of a poem of his by the same title. The cattle rustling mystery plot thickens slower than one might expect, but the reader won’t be disappointed by Nesbitt’s lyrical, sensual description of the Wyoming landscape or the humanity of his lead character, Elwood Lawren