The case of the deadly desperados
By Caroline Lawrence
“ Fast, furious and very funny, an utterly entertaining mystery adventure ”
When twelve-year-old P.K. Pinkerton's foster parents are murdered by Whittlin' Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados, PK goes on the run. PK is forced into hiding with Ma's priceless last possession- the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. Desperate to hide from the deadly desperados, friendless, parentless, moneyless, PK leaps aboard the first passing stagecoach, and ends up in the violent, corrupt town of Virginia City. Seething with miners below ground and hustlers above, this city’s a dangerous place. The desperadoes are hot on P.K.’s trail and things don’t look good. But armed with a Smith & Weston seven-shooter and a knack for disguises, P.K. takes on the tricksters and desperados and finds possible allies. Eventually, P K finds a protector, in the form of a card sharp called Jace, who teaches P K to read the body language and facial expressions of his poker opponents. They form an unconventional, but mutually profitable alliance. This is a plot with more twists and turns than you would ever believe possible. Fast, furious and very funny, an utterly entertaining mystery adventure - you’ll love it.
Reviewed by Ms D. Visnovsky