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Cross of gold [text (large print)] / by Tim Champlin.

By: Champlin, Tim, 1937-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Thorndike Press large print Western series: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014 ©2013Edition: Large print edition.Description: 331 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781410467041 (hardcover); 141046704X (hardcover).Subject(s): Gold theft -- Fiction | Large type books | Nevada -- Fiction | San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Western stories.DDC classification: 813/.54 Summary: Lucinda Barkley, a hostage of prison escapees, is rescued by part-time lawman Marc Charvein. Wounded in the resulting shootout, she feels due some compensation for her ordeal. So she secretly partners with gambler Sam Stonehouse to dig up a hundred pounds of stolen gold, half of it in the form of a gold cross. Ezra Pitney, the rightful owner, wrongly assumes it was taken by Marc Charvein, the man he hired to find it -- and from there the chase is on.
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Lucinda Barkley, a hostage of prison escapees, is rescued by part-time lawman Marc Charvein. Wounded in the resulting shootout, she feels due some compensation for her ordeal. So she secretly partners with gambler Sam Stonehouse to dig up a hundred pounds of stolen gold, half of it in the form of a gold cross. Ezra Pitney, the rightful owner, wrongly assumes it was taken by Marc Charvein, the man he hired to find it -- and from there the chase is on.

Lucinda Barkley, a hostage of prison escapees, is rescued by part-time lawman Marc Charvein. Wounded in the resulting shootout, she feels due some compensation for her ordeal. So she secretly partners with gambler Sam Stonehouse to dig up a hundred pounds of stolen gold, half of it in the form of a gold cross. Ezra Pitney, the rightful owner, wrongly assumes it was taken by Marc Charvein, the man he hired to find it -- and from there the chase is on.

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Publishers Weekly Review

In the Old West of 1885 former lawman Marc Charvein just can't get a break, and neither can the reader. In this meandering, disjointed western, Marc is shot at, tortured, chased, double-crossed, and accused of theft while wondering who really stole arrogant mine owner Ezra Pitney's hoard of gold. This confusing story has too much going on; only readers of Champlin's previous western, The Secret of Lodestar, will be able to fully understand the plot, making this tale a limp, flimsy sequel. Marc tells Pitney where the gold is hidden, not realizing it has already been stolen by a woman and her gambler partner, leaving Marc accused of the theft. Pitney's hired gun, an unconvincing thug named Polecat Morgan, is sent after Marc in an elaborate and improbable pursuit across Nevada, Arizona, California, and Mexico. Even though Marc miraculously escapes hanging and torture, drowning, Indian attack, and a trigger-happy bounty hunter, the bad guys still get the drop on him, and only an unlikely shoot-out and lies to the law will get Marc out of trouble. Although burdened by corny dialogue ("a horsefly in the tapioca") and a weak plot with little mystery and less suspense, the story has plenty of action, but even the gunplay cannot save this mediocre hayburner. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Champlin understands horses, guns, and the treacherous desert as well as anyone, but he never writes a traditional western. He writes adventure stories full of action and plot twists. Cross of Gold features a hard-luck, part-time lawman, Marc Charvein, who takes a job from a mine owner, Ezra Pitney, to find stolen gold. He finds it in a Nevada ghost town under a dynamited church, drives off the bad guys with the help of an old prospector, and rescues a young woman, Lucy Barkley. Thinking all is under control, Charvein draws his hard-won pay and strikes out for Arizona, where he hopes to rest through a warm winter. Meanwhile, Lucy enlists the help of an unscrupulous gambler and wrests the gold from the church. The two barely escape ahead of Pitney, who, thinking he's been doublecrossed, angrily dispatches a gunman after Charvein. All parties converge near Yuma in a hair-raising climax on a California-bound train right out of a 1950s B western. Everything turns on coincidence, but somehow Champlin pulls it off, leaving the reader wanting more.--Mort, John Copyright 2010 Booklist