Pinkerton Agent John Yancy was hired by Noah Harper to find his half-sister, Cecelia Powell, who he claims stole part of his inheritance. An agent who always gets his man, or woman, Yancy tracks Cecelia to San Francisco, but as he gets to know her, he starts to wonder if his client has been completely forthcoming with him. But, he’s contracted to do a job, so he reports to Harper where she is. Soon Harper arrives in San Francisco from Boston, and Yancy learns who the real villain is. At the same time, he finds himself developing strong feelings for Cecilia.
Taking the High Road by Morris Fenris is book one in a series of stories about the Yancy brothers who, after leaving their southern home, take different paths in the West, some of them becoming law enforcement officers, others in business, but all with a sense of chivalry and honor that is the stereotypical trademark of the Old West.
Written in the traditional style of the western with the taciturn, honor-bound hero who protects the weak and punishes evil-doers, this book will delight fans of the western genre, even if it’s a bit predictable. Well-researched and colorful, it was a delight to read.