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Cape Hell: A Page Murdock Novel    by Loren D. Estleman order for
Cape Hell
by Loren D. Estleman
Order:  USA  Can
Forge, 2016 (2016)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Deputy Page Murdock is ordered to go to Cape Hell (in Mexico), to verify a report that former Confederate Captain Oscar Childress is raising an army to restart the Civil War.

Reluctantly, Murdock boards a steam train with only two other men aboard an engineer whom Murdock wouldn't trust as far as could throw him and Joseph, a Native American, who is driving the train. Estleman's description of the countryside makes me glad I'm not on that train.

Murdock's mission is to find Childress and eliminate him however Murdock sees fit. This task is not an easy one with many stumbling blocks along the way. When he is finally in Childress's camp, he is surrounded by pitiful creatures, barely human, who take orders and do not question them.

I won't tell you the conclusion, but you know as well as I do that the Civil War ended with a surrender and the States got back to daily business.

This is an improbable tale that catches your attention right away. Loren D. Estleman certainly has a way with dialogue and top-notch ingenious plots. He has a very impressive number of books to his credit as well as many book awards.

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