~ Louis L'Amour
In the fast-paced Allingham, author John Horst combines a passion for the history of the West with his crusading spirit by wrenching the ugly, thick-lipped, bulbous-nosed Sergeant Allingham of the New York City Police away from his home turf – Hell’s Kitchen, 1882 – and setting him down in the “cesspool” of Canyon Diablo, Arizona, a corrupt town overflowing with prostitutes, drunks, gunslingers, and gamblers. Sergeant Allingham quickly becomes Marshal Allingham, using his common-sense New York City police tactics to clean up the town.
Horst develops an array of original characters, from the crew that Allingham enlists to serve him to the prostitutes he wants to reform, from the crooks and murderers he is fighting to the exotic Sikh warrior and his mysterious charge, the beautiful and wealthy Rebecca Halsted.
Using talents in deductive reasoning honed to a Sherlock Holmes acuity during his years as a New York cop, Marshal Allingham solves crimes, cleans up the town, and prevails throughout many life-threatening situations.
Marshal Allingham gradually emerges as an intriguing three-dimensional character, a do-gooder, no-nonsense reformer, and a man who although at the age of retirement, changes, develops, and finds a new and rewarding purpose to his life.
Allingham is for anyone who likes the suspense and action of a western, who enjoys the intrigue and mind games of a detective story, and who is interested in psychological drama – seeing how a man, forced to step up to the existential plate, can change the direction of his life. Available at Amazon
Patrick Smithwick, author of Flying Change, A Year of Racing and Family and Steeplechasing www.flyingchangememoir.com