Wild Wild West Reading Challenge #20
Monthly Key Word: Ghost
Date Finished: October 20, 2018
Texas Ranger Walt Slade, aka El Halcon or The Hawk, arrives in the town of Cienaga to investigate killings, lootings, and rustlings, all of which turns out to be related to an ancient gold mine guarded by a ghost in an old Spanish mission.
I like a good treasure hunt story, and this one starts out fairly well in that vein. Ha. It eventually reverts back to standard rustlers and cattlemen, and the ghost angle isn’t very large, but still moderately entertaining. Walt Slade is a bit too good to be true, a hero without faults, that seems out-of-date for 1962, but fairly common for pulp heroes.