||Feb 26 1997
It is 1879. A small bank in Indian territory is robbed by a murderer who has just escaped execution. He kills three men and almost burns the town down as he escapes. More trouble ensues as those who are doing the chasing are working even harder to cover their own illegal tracks.
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Clearwater is an action novel set in 1879 by Bobby R. Woodall. The story revolves around the exploits of a small town in the Indian Territory. Its small bank is robbed by a murderer who has just escaped execution. The town springs in to action and quickly forms a posse consisting of the aged sheriff, a retired Pinkerton Operative, Indian scout, and the bank's president.
"Do you have nothing to say before I pronounce the sentence?" the gravely-voiced jurist asked, expecting no reply. He began to shuffle papers as if the judgment was a certainty. Now he was looking down at the defendant with an expression of extreme dissatisfaction.
"Then by the power vested in me by the federal government, I hereby sentence you to hang by the neck until you are dead, dead, dead!" the judge said, bringing the gavel down with a final force. He looked up and immediately dismissed this breaker of criminal laws as if it a duty to be done and he had done it.
"If you think that psychopathology is a modern-day affliction, think again.
Bobby R. Woodall has taken us to a place where we'd least expect to find this
very serious personality disorder.
His main character, without a hint of a conscience, travels the countryside,
paving a road of murder for his hapless victims, and all without so much as a
blink of an eye. We see a madman at work as his devious deeds are expertly
executed with cold precision, for his own self-gain and self-satisfaction.
His crime sprees are artfully woven within the charm and hardships of the Old
West, where the rule-who lives and who dies-is decided on a whim.
If you enjoy Westerns and the old Southwest, CLEARWATER, is a must read. Mr.
Woodall keeps us hanging till the end. If you seek a sense of justice, in a
time where there was little, the ending of this novel should prove to be very
satisfying for you."
Reviewed by Joyce Roberson M Ed
Independent Freelance Writer, Albuquerque, New Mexico
"The story is great and it's written in a way that once you start reading you MUST know what will happen. If i have to give a quotation on it (let's say on 5) I'll give the novel 4 on 5. Clearwater will be a success, and I won't be surprised to see a motion picture in a few years called Clearwater." -Erwin Vanhomwegen, Brussels, Belgium
"I am from a very small town in Oklahoma. I read this book over and over, and it is one of the best since Lonesome Dove! I expect Clearwater to be made into a movie one day!" -Ruby Starr, Marlow, Oklahoma
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