Paladin is accused by Bonanza's citizenry of swiping the treasured painting behind the bar of the hamlet's last remaining saloon. The portrait of a vibrant and gorgeous former woman ...
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Paladin is accused by Bonanza's citizenry of swiping the treasured painting behind the bar of the hamlet's last remaining saloon. The portrait of a vibrant and gorgeous former woman resident, sustains the spirits of elderly townsmen, remembering her and the area's halcyon Gold Rush days. Written by
A picture of a stunningly beautiful young lady. A once-celebrated symbol of prosperity, synonymous with riches and heady dreams, now slowly subsiding into ruin. And a feisty old woman who harbors a Secret.
No, it isn't "Titanic". It's just another example of the fact that this series never let itself settle into "Formula". Paladin stops over at a mining town abandoned by all but a quartet of old men, an innkeeper/bartender, and an ageing "concierge". The town is clearly on its last legs, supported only by travellers waiting for the next stagecoach.
The bar does have one more celebrated resident... the gorgeous and enigmatically-smiling "Annie" who gracefully accepts the adulation of the remaining locals. Paladin instantly recognizes the work of a Master Painter but doesn't have get to appreciate it for long as next morning she has vanished, frame and all. Who stole her....and why?
No fabulous jewel here, no doomed young lovers. Just some clever detective work by Paladin and a final gesture of gallantry that would melt the heart of an Iceberg!.
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