A good western told by the hero Cullen Baker. The title is relevant. He trains
himself to draw his pistol quickly so he can have an edge defending himself
against the corrupt Reconstructionists and other criminal gangs who are intent
on killing him. The story takes place in east Texas near Louisiana. It is a
swampy area. Another advantage is that he know the swamps better than his
enemies because he grew up near them. Baker and several other good men have
been branded as outlaws by the Reconstructionist government, which is depicted
as corrupt. It is a libertarian story of self-defense against the state.
Year Read: 2004
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