Title: Devil’s Paw
Author: Dale Chase
Publisher: JMS Books
Length: 58 Pages
Category: Historical, Western
At a Glance: Dale Chase spins a gritty, erotic, nineteenth century western in Devil’s Paw.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Lloyd Lasky is a seasoned operative for the Whitlock Detective Agency in Denver that often infiltrates outlaw gangs in order to thwart stagecoach robberies. When he’s assigned to infiltrate the Bonner Gang based in Devil’s Paw, Arizona Territory, he’s unprepared for the personal ambush his heart suffers over gang member Frank Metty.
Taking up sex with Frank, Lloyd convinces himself that doing so is part of his job in solidifying his place in the gang and learning of their plans. But as time passes, Lloyd not only starts to care for the younger man, but jealousy also rears its ugly head when it becomes clear the gang leader, Merle Bonner, also has a sexual claim on Frank.
When the line between self-indulgence and detective work blurs to the point where Lloyd considers not only breaking agency rules but breaking the law, will he be able to ignore his ever-growing sexual desires and successfully complete his dangerous mission?
Review: Dale Chase spins a gritty, erotic, 19th century western in Devil’s Paw that will have you looking at cowboys in a whole new light. The author brings the Old West to life with her description of the small towns and the rough terrain. This is a short story, so even though we don’t get an in-depth look at the characters, they are still pretty solid and the storyline has drama, suspense and action, which made it a page turner for me.
I have to say I did like Lloyd Lasky’s character. He’s a detective who’s undercover to try and stop the Bonner gang from robbing stagecoaches. He finds himself distracted by Frank Metty and needless to say, they have a hot and heavy affair. But Lloyd needs to keep his head in the game and catch the Bonner gang in the act.
One thing I always thought was that in the Old West, a man’s horse was the most important thing. In this case, though, it turned out to be Lloyd’s profession. I was really surprised by how this one ended.
If you’re so inclined, give Devil’s Paw a shot. Kick back, relax and enjoy!
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