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Publisher's Summary

He was a tough enforcer for a New York gang. But when young Tom Shanaghy made one too many enemies, he skipped town on a fast-moving freight. He landed in a small Kansas town that had big dreams, no name, and the need for an honest lawman. Tom figured that a knuckle-and-skull man from Five Points would be perfect for the job. He didn't know that a high-stakes cattle drive was headed his way and that leading it was a vindictive rancher bent on settling an old score, even if he had to destroy the town to do it. Tom had himself stuck in the middle of the feud before sunset on his first day in town. All he could do was hope that his years on the Bowery had left him with the smarts he needed to keep himself alive.

©1979 Louis L'Amour (P)2017 Random House Audio

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A Triple Cross

I have read most of Louis L’Amour’s books over the years. According to my records, I read “The Iron Marshal” when it first came out in 1979. I was looking for a western to read and decided to re-read this one. This book is a bit different from the usual L’Amour hero in that Tom Shanaghy was an Irish immigrant that ended up working as an enforcer for an Irish gang in New York City. He decided to head west and ended up in a small Kansas town that was looking to hire a town marshal. Tom applies and got the job. He found himself caught in the middle of a feud and a robbery that used the feud for a cover. Tom had a disadvantage as he was a city boy and not a cowboy.

The book is well written. The characters are interesting. L’Amour has a way of bringing his characters to life for the reader. The plot twists and turns and there are multiple plot lines. The pace is fast and there is some humor, fist fights and old fashion detective work. L’Amour always has a moral to his stories and also comments on ethics for example “ride for the brand”, “give an honest day’s work” and “pride in a job well done”. L’Amour is a master story teller who does not rely on sex and profanity to tell a story. L’Amour (1908-1988) was a prolific writer and wrote in a number of genre including poetry. He had many nom-de-plums. He is primarily known for his westerns and screen writing.

The book is six and a half hours long. Erick Singer does a good job narrating the book. Singer is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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Slightly different tone, absolutely great

What did you love best about The Iron Marshal?

It is recognizably L'Amour -- I've read and loved so many of his novels and short stories. This one is a little different story line and characters than the other westerns. Like the others, it hangs together well. This is my new favorite. An interesting mystery. The main character plausibly develops over the course of the story. Lots of action.

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The Iron Marshall by Louis L'Amour

I have read many books by Louis L'Amour but this was quite different. It starts off in Ireland than New York and finally the western frontier. It is full of interesting characters and I greatly enjoyed it. Erik Singer, the narrator was wonderful. I loved his Irish & Western accents.

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Gripping story!

In my opinion one of the best Lamour stories, and I've read many.
Beautifully narrated too!

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Great Story

From the notorious Five Points in New York City to a frontier town in Kansas this story follows an tough Irish man right off the boat to him fleeing the gangs of NYC.

He soon finds himself the Marshal of the town and becomes involved in an attempt to steal a shipment of gold.

I enjoyed the narrator who use an Irish accent for the main character Tom Shanagy and the tale of his efforts to prevent the robbery.

Numerous twists and turns in the story which made it very enjoyable for me.

Author Louis L’Amour did an excellent job taking the story beyond the usual Western novel.

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Loved It!

Mr. L’Amour never disappoints! And this title is no exception.
From the first sentence, I was hooked and I enjoyed every part.

The book begins about 2/3’s of the way through the story and then backtracks to a young Irish boy landing at Ellis island.

As the boy grows up, we get to know what New York was like in the late 1800’s, due to L’Amour’s vivid descriptions.

Then we’re off to Kanas where, although it’s not quite the Wild West, it’s definitely more in line with what we’re used to reading from L.L.

The story is a ‘who dun it’ that gives us trains, beautiful villains, murder and a protagonist who embodies all the best qualities L.L. tends to give his hero’s.

It’s a fine listen for just about anyone. L.L. is descriptive with fight scenes, but not so much with the shootings. Nothing worse than you’d see on TV. PG13.

The narration is good. The cadence is perfect and the actor’s accents are clear and clever. I plan to listen to Erik Singer again!

My fully 5 star ratings are for books that move my soul and change my way of thinking. This book is not in that category, but it is GREAT ENTERTAINMENT.

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A Favorite!

This is one of Louis L'Amour's books that I have listened to many times. The plot is slightly different from many of his westerns, but is one of my favorites and really showcases his love for the west. Erik Singer vibrantly brings it to life! It is his performance that brings me back time and again. I highly recommend!

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Very Enjoyable Read

Loved it. Well written and an excellent narrator. Kept me interested begin to end. Was unexpected by me to enjoy this story so much. Appreciated read

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excellent

I have read all of Mr Louis westerns. just started audibles a year ago and listened to several different genres and many different westerns. I have to say this narrator was over the top. excellent he brought it to life just like I never read the book. excellent job sir

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  • 07-08-21

Hard to hear with Accent of the reader.

Too much an accent for me.It was hard hear and made it hard to follow the story.

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  • 04-27-18

One of my favourite stories.

The excellent narration adds so much more to this already exceptional story. One of Louis best.

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