Was looking forward to reading this western for a while, and finished it this weekend. Juan Cortez, the Sabadilla, is sort of a wanted revolutionary outlaw driven out of Mexico by the Federales. Trouble takes him into the Texas town of Coley, where the town sheriff has his hands full with a town ready to explode. This has a tough sheriff, a "Walter Brennan" type deputy, lynch mobs, a powerful cattle owner, gunslingers, and the fast gun and fast quirt of the Sabadilla. Jessup isn't afraid to have major characters die off during the course of the story and even the end isn't "happy" like many western from that era. There is something about the loner western character and this quick story (126 pages) captures it. There are better ones out there, but this one is good. Jessup captures the inner-haunts that the Sabadilla carries within: "How cold, Sabadilla? Would you let a thin line in the middle of the Rio Grande stop you? Would you let such a little line, so small that no one has seen it and perhaps never will, take away your warmth and your fire, Sabadilla? "