FARGO: SHOTGUN MAN
REVIEWED BY TIM DEFOREST
Fargo is hired by Teddy Roosevelt to lead a scientific expedition down the largely unexplored Colorado River.
Why hire Fargo for such a job? He's a mercenary, not a scientist. He's needed because the land around the Colorado is owlhoot territory—the last refuge for gunmen and outlaws who are running from the ever-encroaching civilization. In fact, one expedition has already vanished. A warrior like Fargo is needed to get this latest one through. Benteen builds a superb story off this premise.
The book is full of great characters (both good guys and bad guys), fast-paced action and a few sharp plot twists. And Benteen's descriptions of the expedition boats running the rapids of the river are breathtaking. He succeeds in making the river itself a character in the story. The way the climax plays out is unexpected and powerful.
This is a top-notch Fargo book from start to finish.