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Reviewed by Paul F. Murray for Readers' Favorite
And the Wind Whispered by Dan Jorgensen contains several scenes that are so exciting that they become almost impossible to put down. The discovery of a dead man’s body in a cave by a trio of young reporters gets the ball rolling. Later there is a train robbery scene that has a very satisfying ending. The commotion involving the outlaws and the “good guys” at the Anderson Ranch is likewise gripping. The mystery of who killed Alexander Previn, and why, forms the basic plot of the novel. Along the way, readers are put in contact with multiple characters from Old West lore — Bat Masterson, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, reporter Nellie Bly, Annie Oakley, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, even a young Will Rogers, among others - who get involved in helping to deal with the McCarty-Curley outlaw gang and working to solve the mystery. Author Dan Jorgensen keeps his characters in plenty of danger throughout, making it easy for readers to keep turning the pages.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading And the Wind Whispered for several reasons. Not only the excitement of the scenes dealing with the outlaws, but also the time and place of the novel. Set in 1894, the novel deals with a time period too often neglected by Western novel writers, that is, the final decade of the 19th century when the Old West was disappearing and the “New West” was emerging. Also, the novel was set in the Black Hills of South Dakota, again an exciting area too often neglected by writers of Western novels. And the Wind Whispered by Dan Jorgensen represents refreshing new ground in Western novel writing.