Some might say I shouldn't be allowed to write this review, because Dick Wheeler is a friend of mine. We met through Western Writers of America, and if you consider WWA like one big family then I guess Dick is my brother. And I would be honored to call him brother.
I love Westerns. I grew up on Louis L'Amour and Luke Short, Elmer Kelton, Ernest Haycox, Zane Grey, Max Brand. Each of those authors has their place on the throne of Western writing history, though I consider Kelton to be the best of them.
But I would be literally sick to my stomach of a list of the best Western writers came out and it did not include Richard Wheeler. Not only is he a man among men, virtuous, kind, humble, and intelligent, but he writes a Western novel that no one can beat. I would love to have my own Westerns compared to his. I have had one novel rated number one selling Western in the country, and it puffed me up until I read Dick Wheeler. Talk about a humbling experience!
Now, finally to this book, Restitution. What a wonderful, beautiful work of art! Dick Wheeler is a master. Not once was there a gun shot, not once did two (or three or ten) men face down in the street and shoot it out. Not once did an Indian arrow find some man's heart, and not once was an Indian village raided and destroyed.
Yet I was on the edge of my seat almost from the first. Wheeler masterfully created this book with no violence and no sex and no cursing and made you feel like it was real and like you were there and like the whole world depended on what happend to Truman. I would not have believed someone could pull off this feat. The publisher deserves praise for publishing it, and criticism for not letting Wheeler continue writing books like it. The West wasn't THAT violent of a place. Let's let someone like Wheeler tell a suspenseful, tense story, without the bloodshed and foul language for once.
Bravo, Richard! You're the best.
- Mass Market Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: Signet (1 February 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451202384
- ISBN-13: 978-0451202383
- Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 163 g
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