Nunslinger by Stark Holborn
Hodder & Stoughton
Nunslinger is the humdinging story of Sr Thomas Josephine as she tries to cross the United States in the 1860s. Written originally as 10 downloadable books (published in one here), Nunslinger is fantastically rich in incident – by page 4 the good sister’s wagon train has already been raided by “natives”, wagoneers and horses killed, and our bride of Christ kidnapped. Yeehaw. In the 614 pages that follow the pace never lets up with our super-ballsy nun, the handsome drifter Abe she hooks up with, and Lt Theodore Carthy with the lousy attitude, battling it out for the truth, for survival. There are murders, hangings, cruelties, jealousies and loves. What is it with creatives from Bristol, though? First Banksy, now Stark, hiding their true identities? Mind you, with work this good, who cares?