Sunday, June 20, 2010

Stagecoach Station 12: Tucson, by Hank Mitchum

Station 12 Tucson is the first of the stagecoach series that I have read, a Bantam Book, pocket-size, published in 1984. As I have said before, I'm not much of a series fan, but I enjoyed this book by Hank Mitchum. A story of two brothers and a stagecoach line that isn't doing too good moneywise, it describes the animosities between the brothers and the struggle to keep the stagecoach in the hands of the Dundee family as Logan Montgomery tries to buy them out and put in the railroad. Something's afoot as the stagecoach and its passengers reach the Dundee rancheria in Casa Grande, with the female expert analyst making a study of the operations to determine the future of the line or whether it will even exist for very long.

There is a lot of anger between members of the Dundee family and it builds up to the attack on the ranch by men dressed as Apaches who are just guns for hire working for Montgomery. The survivors of the attack chase down the attackers and it comes to a climax as the family works out their differences.

About the first half of the book is devoted to the anger and love-hate relationships of the brothers and rest of the family, a stepmother, half-sister, and dead father and the struggle to keep the stage line in the family. I found it well written and enough arguments and excitement to keep my attention from drifting as the plot builds up to the big fight.  

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