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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Trupenny: A Tale of Western Redemption and Biracial Romance on the Plains by Al Marsiglia is a captivating Western story that deftly explores the full depth of the resonant themes — biracial romance, race murders, and white supremacy. Russ Trupenny, the Sheriff, is fired by the city council that thinks he is old and soft and slow. Now, it is time he shows everyone that there is more fire in him than anyone dares imagine. He sets out to fight the bad guys, bringing down a local gang and its leader, exposing Klan members who orchestrate race murders, and courageously facing the Indians who prowl the city, committing crimes. This action-packed crime is enriched by an endearing tale of romance that will thrill readers.
One of the things that caught my attention in this narrative is the way the author allows the setting to come through the dialogues, capturing unique accents in the way the characters speak and one can actually picture the sheriff as he talks to the locals. This gives the dialogue a unique beauty and authenticity, engaging readers with the characters. It is gracefully written, pleasantly balancing sleuthing with the day-to-day drama taking place in the lives of the characters. Characters are boldly invented and the historical elements of the setting blend nicely to nourish them. The conflict is strong and it is impeccably woven into the deeper layers of character; it gives the narrative its propulsive character, making it a hard-to-put-down read. Trupenny: A Tale of Western Redemption and Biracial Romance on the Plains is a great read, exciting and delightful.