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Monday, October 14, 2019

NORTHWESTERNS—BROTHERS IN BLOOD

NORTHWESTERNS
BROTHERS IN BLOOD
DANIEL ST. JAMES
After reading the seven books in Ian Anderson's paperback original series, The Scarlet Riders, I was hooked on Northwesterns and went down the rabbit hole in my search for more books in the genre.

Brothers In Blood is a three book series featuring two law enforcement brothers operating on either side of the U.S. Canadian border. This set up is familiar to anyone who has seen the relatively obscure Western TV series Bordertown, or in many ways to the fondly remembered Due South.


I had a feeling series author of record, David St. James, was a pseudonym. I did some digging wanting to find out if one author or several wrote the books. What I found was a pleasant surprise. While interviewing revered mystery and Western writer Ed Gorman for his Western Fiction blog, my friend Steve Myall outed Gorman as the man behind the David St. James pseudonym. Gorman was a bit surprised by Steve having uncover his connection to Brothers In Blood, but he shared the series ended after three books when it failed to find a significant audience.

This is a shame, because Gorman's work is always worth reading and Brothers In Blood is a fun concept. I enjoyed the series, but also understand the vagaries of publishing. The series, however, is worth tracking down for both genre fans and Gorman completists...

BROTHERS IN BLOOD #1
First in the new western series of two brothers fighting the same battle for justice on opposite sides of the border. Frank Adams is a U.S. Marshal, and his younger brother, David, is a Canadian Mountie. During the whiskey-running, cattle-rustling days of the 1800's, they put their lives on the line to uphold justice. When their father is murdered, U.S. Marshal Frank Adams and his Canadian Mountie brother David set out to catch the killers, only to be drawn into a dangerous trap.

BROTHERS IN BLOOD
TRACKDOWN
David and Frank Adamsa Canadian Mountie and a U.S. Marshall, respectivelyteam up to uncover a killer in the town of Sunset, Canada, when four Mounties are killed in a matter of months.

BROTHERS IN BLOOD #3
COLD DEATH
Frank and David Adams investigate the suspicious death of Canadian Mountie Karl Swenson, an old friend who appears to have committed suicide by setting himself on fire. 

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