This is an entertaining, carefully-crafted yarn that’s well-paced and filled with period detail without the usual Wild West ride-em-cowboy cliches that often infect Western fiction. At first I thought that naming a two-fisted, hard boiled and violent gunfighter for two edible fruits might be stretching things, but the storyline soon captured me after only a few pages. Perfectly realistic plot twists, colorful characters and the writer’s keen sense of geography and 19th century vernacular makes this a quick and pleasant read. The author’s attention to historical detail also brings things to life as the characters seamlessly travel cross-country from Colorado to Virginia and Key West and back again.
After losing everything he held dear to the wickedness of man and the weakness of the law, Persimmon Apricot is a lost soul who places no value on the lives of callous men and little value on his own.
Resistant to the label of Gunfighter, Persimmon vehemently rejects offers to be a gun for hire, preferring to drift aimlessly in a futile effort to outrun his memories. It takes a young boy and his widowed mother to give Persimmon purpose once more. Befriended by a failed writer, the pair take a reluctant journey across the country to help her. What they discover is that happiness sometimes carries a steep price tag.
Saving the widow will cost more than they could have imagined. Persimmon must decide whether or not to make the purchase, even if that means paying with his life.
About the Author
Jason S. Litz is a lover of history, in particular American history. The stories he writes are painlessly doused in historical fact. Having traveled extensively throughout the United States, Jason strives to take his readers to a variety of locales along history’s timeline. Jason’s interest spans many topics including the great outdoors, mechanics, woodworking and billiards. He also has a master’s degree in Computer Science.