Wayne D. Dundee's new Western novel DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is the third book to feature bounty hunter Bodie Kendrick, and as always Dundee spins a gritty, action-packed yarn reminiscent of those great hardboiled Westerns published by Gold Medal in the Fifties. Kendrick runs into trouble accidentally in this one as he happens upon a stagecoach that's been attacked by gunmen. Coming to the rescue, he kills two of the bushwhackers and discovers that the stage is carrying two beautiful women, one an ambitious young journalist, the other a sultry and mysterious Egyptian.
If the mention of Egypt doesn't give it away, the plot of DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH involves not only one of the camels that were brought to the United States by the army before the Civil War but also a fabulous diamond rumored to have been presented to Cleopatra by Julius Caesar. This plot elements gives the book a bit of an Indiana Jones feel, but it's definitely a Western, complete with an old desert rat prospector, hired gunslingers, an Apache attack, double crosses, shootouts, and plenty of other excitement.
In a relatively short period of time, Wayne D. Dundee has become one of the best Western writers in the business. DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is an excellent example of why. Highly recommended.