HIGHLY RECOMMENDED --M. But read in this order -- RAINBOW -- LAWLESS -- NOTORIOUS. These books grab your interest and definitely keep it. Definitely keepers!
Readers will undoubtedly enjoy this book more if they are read in order (see the list below). Because I didnt know RAINBOW was related, and Quinn Devereux appears throughout this story, I know I missed some of the inferences in this book. I plan to re-read this series, starting with RAINBOW.
This is a great book; full of sound and fury! However it is not as action-filled as LAWLESS. Theres lots of growth in the 2 main characters, but they are internally grappling with the people they were and eventually do become. Catalina is Marshs love interest and she has a wagon-load of awful secrets.
Marsh Canton is a 40 year-old gunfighter who realizes he is getting too old to continue in his profession. He happens to sit in on a poker game and wins a saloon in San Francisco. The idea of leaving his old life behind in Colorado and starting anew appeals to Marsh.
Over the course of the book, I learned that Marsh came from a wealthy plantation family and had a university education in the law (attorney). The shocking item: he is such an accomplished pianist that he plays Beethoven from memory!
During the Civil War, Marsh fought for the Confederacy and became part of Mosbys raiders. Killing became a way of life that he continued after the war.
It took 3 weeks to read this book! I was so taken with his early life (Marsh's mom taught him to play the piano; she was an accomplished pianist in her own right) and his desperate need to reinvent himself; I kept delaying reading more pages. Having read LAWLESS, I knew how Lobos reputation ended, and I was so concerned that this one would go the same way. Talk about getting involved in the story!
Potters ability to resolve Marshs need to leave gun fighting was excellent and believable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Loosely Joined Series
Rainbow story of Quinn Devereux
Lawless story of Lobo/Jess
Notorious story of Marsh Canton