This is the second cowboy story or Western I have read by Staurt. The first was The Vallles Caldera. I don't normally read Westerns. I was a bit surprised that I liked it. Angus Esparazza is the main character and a big chunk of the book is the exploration of his character. This is the first book in the series and explains how Angus becomes an occasional lawman.
Angus is a thinking man in an action time environment. He is forced to examine his personal morals when faced with questionable definitions of crime.
The setting is, once again, a strong point to the story. You can picture the rushing mountain rivers and majestic peaks. The plot is involved and you are forced to do a modicum of research to find out if that is really the way the old west was.
I enjoyed it and recommend it. BTW I didn't find a real Ten Shoes Up mountain with a very brief Internet search.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.