MYSTERY

The Marshal and the Mystical Mountain

Five Star: Cengage. (Nelson Lane Frontier, Bk. 3). Apr. 2020. 234p. ISBN 9781432868369. $25.95. M
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Yancy Stands Close lost his job with the Wind River Tribal Police due to Great Depression budget cuts, but he brings a missing-person case to the attention of Wyoming U.S. Marshal Nelson Lane. Freelance journalist Jesse Maddis was writing a story about Mystical Mountain, a secretive lodge on 8,000 acres—and he hasn’t been heard from in several days. It’s rumored that wealthy investors purchased the property a year earlier, and, for a $1,000 trespass fee, people can stay there and hunt. But, Jesse’s sister Sally says she and other girls have been paid to party there with everyone from politicians to Al Capone. When Lane tries to investigate, he’s blocked and threatened by a private security force, though he’s still able to uncover evidence that several of the girls may have been murdered on the property. Bodies and shootings add up until Lane sends a deputy undercover and gathers a small group of allies to take down a group of hired killers in this compelling historical mystery.
VERDICT After 38 years in law enforcement in South Dakota and Wyoming, Wendelboe’s expertise shows in his third violent frontier mystery (after The Marshal and the Sinister Still), which should appeal to fans of Westerns or the work of Craig Johnson or Margaret Coel.

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