My first thought; I will be nice and buy this western book by a woman and I would go easy with the criticism. I could NOT stop reading. I think the characters were drawn to more resemble the true personalities of people during that time. All bad men (and woman) are not ALL bad. The plot, and characters are a tight weave of suspense, history and emotion. I have already requested, from Ms. Robb, her next novel. It is not out yet but I will be the first one in line to snatch up a copy. A very good read. I only save the 5th star for “Lonesome Dove”. This book is on the front porch with that masterpiece.