Reviewed by Patti Abbott
Appearing originally in HARDLUCK STORIES in 2006, this is a nifty little story where I’d be hard-pressed to find a single unnecessary word. I tried to locate other stories by Mr. Tanner but failed. He seems to have spent most of his life as a border guard and his knowledge of that terrain and population is evident in this story.
The story takes place in Yuma Penitentiary where our narrator is serving a life sentence for a robbery gone wrong. His two fellow robbers have set him up to take the fall for their misdeeds, getting lighter sentences for themselves, and he is determined to get even with the brothers before their release.
His route toward that revenge is colorful, original and full of local atmosphere. I don’t read many westerns but this one may change that. Highly recommended.