Edward Grainger (aka David Cranmer) has a gritty Western up today at The Flash Fiction Offensive, The Outlaw Marshal.
Mason Doig and the ex-cons are playing high-stakes cards. But Doig's winning a little too often for the Stranger's liking, and when Doig deals from the bottom of a deck, a show-down ensues.
The dialogue flows easily and the action is fierce. What really sold this one for me is the cold-hearted ending. Cash Laramie's Wild West is a real, dark, and merciless place. A far cry from the crap that makes it to the big screen--where the West was fun!
And if you like this one, stay tuned--a collection of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles stories will be released in June.