By John Boyd
"A vintage '60s Western with well-handled SF underpinnings. An outlaw's mind is hijacked by way of a roaming alien missionary who acts as a neurologically supercharged "good angel". Cupidity is diverted into civic responsibility, lust is remodeled into familial urges, and so on. For a few cause, fried fowl appeared an incredible authorial preoccupation. worthy analyzing, particularly in case you have a gentle spot for real pulp motion leavened with SF weirdness."
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Our good sheriff, Brother Faust, is as strong a believer in brotherly love, even when it's against the town's policy. But I thank you and welcome you to Shoshone Flats. ' " Ian sat down as the preacher jumped quickly into his sermon. After fifteen minutes, Ian figured it might be time to excuse himself and go steal the horse, but a flurry of rain on the roof made him reconsider. Hiding out in weather like this, all night, waiting for the bank to open, could give a man lung congestion, and the lone saddle horse at the hitching rack didn't look like much of a mudder.
Well, son"-the mayor rubbed his jaw-' 'that might cause legal problems. '' "I don't know nothing about legal problems,'' Ian said,' 'but I can solve them two. " ' 'Brother McCloud, you've just earned yourself a position of responsibility in the thriving community of Shoshone Flats.. . "Brother Hendricks,'' he called over Ian's shoulder,' 'I want you to come over and meet our new deputy sheriff, Brother Ian McCloud. " Brother Hendricks, the horse breeder, advanced with a limp. Ian saw that the man had once been tall and rawboned, but he was bent now from a curvature of the spine, and his right shoulder was a huge lump.
Ian became alert at the mention of a payroll. " Faust glanced at a wall calendar. " The being inside stored the information as Ian asked,' 'After I get measured, can I borrow your nag to ride up to Hendricks' horse ranch? " "Sure, son. But you don't need to bring my horse back. Long as you're taking over the riding duties, I'll be handling the administrative work, and there's no place around here I want to go to that I can't walk. " "Well," the sheriff said, scratching the stubble on his chin, "if you're riding Midnight, might be a good idea not to get measured up for that suit.