2 comments on “LAST STAGE TO HELL JUNCTION – Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

  1. A couple of things frustrate me about your review. First, these characters have considerable backstory (the recurring ones), which is referred to rather generously, and the antagonists have point of view chapters that share their backstories as well. I prefer the think of the players populating a traditional western like this iconic, not stock characters, but you call it as you see it. But puzzling are the references to a mystery, which this book does not include — several of the earlier Yorks did have mystery elements, but this is strictly a crime novel in the mythic west. Thanks for reviewing it.


  2. Thanks for the note. Having not read any of the previous books in this series I can’t really speak to the back story. You mention that the backstory is referred to rather generously. Perhaps. That leaves me with other thoughts which I need to think further about.

    In regards to crime fiction/mystery … I will definitely admit that I refer to
    mystery’ in a broader sense. As Wikipedia notes under the term ‘crime fiction’ – “Suspense and mystery are key elements that are nearly ubiquitous to the genre.”

    I say that the mystery holds some interest and I’m thinking of little moments such as:

    But Caleb York couldn’t help but wonder . . .
    . . . what was so important about taking the morning stage?

    …then a couple of chapters later…

    “Well, maybe you want to tell me what the hell the gang you run with wants with a stagecoach?”

    Once this little mystery is resolved we go on to another question… why are they taken and how will York get them back? These are questions … a mysteries … that need to be resolved for the story to be concluded. It’s a mystery that holds some interest. It kept me going,

    It is not a detective mystery story. But as a crime novel, it definitely has a mystery to it. In my opinion.

    I do appreciate the note. Truly. It will have me look a little harder at how I refer to genres and the blending of genres.

    It also makes me interested in reading the early books, to get that backstory you mention.

    Thank you.


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