This is the first title in Lawrence’s new “Western Mysteries” series, and while I’ve never been a reader of westerns (other than maybe Hank the Cowdog), I found myself unable to put this book down.
P. K. Pinkerton has a shocking, terrible birthday. When he comes home, he finds his foster Ma and Pa are dead, and someone appears to be after him, too. In his medicine bag, P.K. has a letter that the infamous desperado Whittlin’ Walt wants to get his hands on real bad, and P.K. doesn’t have much of a head start in getting away.
The amazing adventure that ensues involves so many twists and turns in the plot, you just have to read it to find out. There are many clever disguises, too many untrustworthy varmits, and a few fascinating characters (including Sam Clemens himself) who are sure to play important roles in the books to come. Adding to the complexity of the story, P. K. has what his Ma called a “Thorn” – he has trouble deciphering the emotions and body language of other people. His Thorn often sets him back just when you think he is getting ahead, but eventually, P. K. begins picking up some excellent skills to overcome his Thorn and outsmart some villainous adults. If you are ready to put yourself into the hands of a 12-year-old double-orphan on the run from the baddest outlaw of the wild west, give this book a try!
Reviewed by Jennifer