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Publisher's Summary

Introducing a new Western hero in the grand Johnstone tradition: a mining town saloonkeeper who serves up justice like a shot of liquor - 150 proof.

Johnstone Country.

Boomtown Justice.

Rollie Finnegan is a man of few words. As a former Pinkerton agent with two decades of experience under his belt, he uses his stony silence to break down suspects and squeeze out confessions. Hence the nickname Stoneface. Over the years, he’s locked up plenty of killers. Now he’s ready to make a killing - for himself....

There’s gold in the mountains of Idaho Territory. And the town of Boar Gulch is a golden opportunity for a tough guy like Finnegan. But when he arrives, the local saloon owner is gunned down in cold blood - and Finnegan makes a cold calculation of his own. Instead of working in a mine, he’ll buy the saloon. Instead of gold, he’ll mine the miners. And instead of getting dirty, he’ll clean up this grimy little boomtown once and for all - with his own brand of Stoneface justice....

©2021 William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone (P)2021 Recorded Books Inc.

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very fun

I loved this book. extremely excited to see where she takes this series. feels like authentic Johnstone books and I love it.

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Very Enjoyable

This is a fun, enjoyable almost Western that offers lots of fighting’, gun talk and cowboy stuff. The author’s details are vivid without being gruesome. And it’s quite obvious, the author is pro animal rights and racial inclusion. I admire that and appreciate the author and publishers for how Pop who had been a slave was treated in this story. I hope the next book is them finding Pop’s family.

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A never ending story

This was a different type of story, more like eight stories. Mainly that the purpose of each was to outdo the last in violence. I think if JA Johnstone actually wrote this she’s more interested in blood and guts and how to describe it than the actual story. Each time I listen to a new book that she supposedly wrote it seems like somebody else did it.

I did like the characters, and Jack Garrett is pretty awesome with his voices. I think he was more into the story after the first couple of chapters. He was the reason I could listen to the whole book.

Most of the description of people getting shot was unnecessary, and kind of juvenile. Sort of like, let’s see if we cannot do the blood and guts of the last shooting. Knowing where the person was shot is basic enough and about all that you need to know. But the black blood oozing, the eyes bulging, the drool, pissing in the pants, any of that is pretty unnecessary. It was like the next death had to be the best death in blood & guts.

Too many unanswered questions, too many villains, and pretty implausible.

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The story was entertaining. The narrator was FANTASTIC!
I have enjoyed William W. Johnstone for years.

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boring

5 chapters in and no plot in sight. drowned in wordy adjective tidal waves of descriptions that describe nothing at all to the plot. no use continuing or finishing the book.