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ERIC BISHOP. The Samaritan’s Pistol

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ERIC BISHOP. The Samaritan’s Pistol. Jolly Fish Press. Hardcover, trade paperback, eBook, 340 pages, $28.99, $16.99, $7.99, jollyfishpress.com.

The Samaritan’s Pistol is proof positive that the Wild West is still wild. A strange set of circumstances puts a Wyoming rancher and packer at odds with the Las Vegas mob, and the action takes off from there. In this engaging blend of intrigue, gun violence and character study, Bishop’s supporting cast includes a thoughtful small-town lawman, an ex-football player, a nervous accountant, a wise old ranch hand, pinky-ring mobsters, love interests old and new for the main character, and other players who layer the tale with credibility.