Six Gun Showdown
Imagine hearing the voice of someone you thought was dead on the phone. Imagine that this person was thought to have been murdered by a killer known as The Moonlight Strangler. Yet, the person on the phone is your ex-wife and the next think you know she shows up at your door on your ranch in Texas. Why? The voice mail said: I’m not dead.” But when Jax Crockett comes face to face with his ex-wife Paige sparks are about to fly in more ways than one as she is now being hunted, taunted and chased by a serial killer. Jax and Paige have a young child named Matthew and it’s because of him that that she pretended to be dead in order to protect him and Jax.
Different people threaten things spiral out of control as Paige and a package is delivered to the police in her name letting her know that the Moonlight Strangler has her in his sites. With her life in danger and that of Belinda the nanny whose role is becoming clearer as she knew that Paige was alive and never said anything still hoping to get Jax for herself. But, shots are fired, aims are not yet on target and the killer’s voice is heard loud and clear. But, the suspects are many as Leland who protected her when she was on the run is being questioned, as is Dillon who thinks he’s immune to the law and is waiting for his battery of lawyers to be with him during questioning. But, who wants her gone and now that she is back how did the killer know she was alive? With all of the protected someone missed a camera in a strategic place and will it reveal the face of the person after her or someone else? The cowboy is a deputy sheriff and the explosions are real as the chemistry between them is still quite hot. Some are glad she is alive or pretending to be glad and someone might be hiding in plain sight just waiting for the right time to finish what he/she started.
More phone calls, someone shooting at the ranch, a nanny who found herself victim of a killer and when the Moonlight Strangler is taken down but not permanently out, no one can get that complacent as a team of killers want Jax out of the way in order to make Paige belong to the man behind the attacks. As the pieces draw to a close there are many who fall prey to this diabolical person who is supposed to be a friend but only in name only but in reality out to get Paige for himself. When the killer demands that she come out front and center and the shots are fired she fears for the life of Matthew, her son, and the ending is more like a fourth of July fireworks display as the shots come from all sides, some victims fall and the ending will surprise readers. The energy level is high as Paige realizes that some members of Jax family might not be thrilled if they rekindle the flame. The clues are not there but the action is strong at the end as the real target was not Paige but Jax and the next shot fired could end it all. But, Paige is out front, Jax is faster than the killer but the ending will leave several dead, some seriously hurt and one killer that you hope won’t come back to finish what he started. Author Delores Fossen created several characters that readers might want to see more of as Jericho can hold his own in his own novel and Jax makes for a great lawman and the amount of bad guys outweighs the good ones and hopefully no one else will fall prey to Six Gun Showdowns.
When you finally meet the Moonlight Strangler his identity is revealed but will he remain in prison or will he awaken and try to escape? Why did the man who created the attacks and pretended to care about Paige hold Belinda captive? Why with so many cameras and men guarding the Appaloosa Pass Ranch was anyone able to get through? Just who placed the camera under the swing? Who really wants Paige gone? How far will Jax go to protect the woman who played dead for so long? How will he ever trust her again? An ending that will bring tears to some eyes, cheers out loud from others and smiles to some faces as Jax and Paige have to decide if they can become a family once again or will they death do us part for real this time? Only author Delores Fossen knows the answers to these questions and readers hope to see more of Cord, Jax, Lincoln and Jericho in stories to come.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine