Death Waits at Sundown

. 9781592124077. ea. vol: 2 CDs. retail ed. unabridged.; 2 hrs. Galaxy. 2012. $9.95; digital download. F
Hubbard wasn't only remarkably prolific, he also was versed in multiple genres. This latest trio in the "Stories from the Golden Age" series is a genre extravaganza of Westerns, mysteries, and a rousing adventure outing—each with a dab of romance. Death Waits finds long, lean Texan Lynn Taylor fighting the clock to save his innocent brother from the hangman by revealing the real culprit behind a string of robberies. The program also includes "Ride 'em Cowboy," a straight-up rodeo romance; and the standout "Boss of the Lazy B." "Boss" has a surprising twist: when Susan Price's little brother is kidnapped by Spick Murphy—after she saves the villain from hanging—Susan asks for help from Big Bill Bailey, whom she earlier spurned in favor of Spick. Instead of exhibiting "shucks, ma'am" cowboy stoicism, Bailey gives the foolish girl a tongue lashing that is worse than if he bullwhipped her. It's wonderfully refreshing! Of course, Bailey saves the kid and kills the baddie.Mouthpiece is a revenge story featuring the law-abiding son of a gangster who swears to get the men who murdered his father. This set also includes "Flame City," in which police detective Tom Delaney must stop arsonists and save his fire chief father's job; "Calling Squad Cars," where crooks fool the cops by broadcasting their own false calls to patrol cars; and "The Grease Spot," starring wrecker Bill Millen who must outwit gangsters desperately needing a getaway vehicle after their car crashes.Saving the best for last, Trouble on His Wings finds ace newsreel cameraman Johnny Brice suddenly behind the eight ball after a mystery woman enters his life. His consistent good luck turns very bad whenever the girl—nicknamed Jinx—is around, but he kinda likes her anyway.
VERDICT Whether your taste runs to riding tall in the saddle, high-flying adventure, or crime-busting on the mean streets, Hubbard delivers the goods.
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