KENNETH NEWTON. Passing Through Kansas


KENNETH NEWTON. Passing Through Kansas. Author House. Trade paperback, 251 pages, $17.95, www.authorhouse.com.

Kansas, a hotbed of partisan activity, is still simmering over the Civil War in 1871 when Crill Falkner wanders into town. Pushed out of New York by memories, pulled into Kansas by an English widow, Falkner finds a lawman badge pinned to his shirt. He makes Marietta, Kansas, his home, trying his best to follow the letter of the law. He succeeds until old nemesis and former Confederate guerilla Alexander Chastain rides into town. Then as they say, “all hell breaks loose.”