Regular price: $21.00

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

He was a tough enforcer for a New York gang. But when young Tom Shanaghy made one too many enemies, he skipped town on a fast-moving freight. He landed in a small Kansas town that had big dreams, no name, and the need for an honest lawman. Tom figured that a knuckle-and-skull man from Five Points would be perfect for the job. He didn't know that a high-stakes cattle drive was headed his way and that leading it was a vindictive rancher bent on settling an old score, even if he had to destroy the town to do it. Tom had himself stuck in the middle of the feud before sunset on his first day in town. All he could do was hope that his years on the Bowery had left him with the smarts he needed to keep himself alive.

©1979 Louis L'Amour (P)2017 Random House Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.8 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    148
  • 4 Stars
    35
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.8 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    143
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.8 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    130
  • 4 Stars
    27
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 07-30-17

A Triple Cross

I have read most of Louis L’Amour’s books over the years. According to my records, I read “The Iron Marshal” when it first came out in 1979. I was looking for a western to read and decided to re-read this one. This book is a bit different from the usual L’Amour hero in that Tom Shanaghy was an Irish immigrant that ended up working as an enforcer for an Irish gang in New York City. He decided to head west and ended up in a small Kansas town that was looking to hire a town marshal. Tom applies and got the job. He found himself caught in the middle of a feud and a robbery that used the feud for a cover. Tom had a disadvantage as he was a city boy and not a cowboy.

The book is well written. The characters are interesting. L’Amour has a way of bringing his characters to life for the reader. The plot twists and turns and there are multiple plot lines. The pace is fast and there is some humor, fist fights and old fashion detective work. L’Amour always has a moral to his stories and also comments on ethics for example “ride for the brand”, “give an honest day’s work” and “pride in a job well done”. L’Amour is a master story teller who does not rely on sex and profanity to tell a story. L’Amour (1908-1988) was a prolific writer and wrote in a number of genre including poetry. He had many nom-de-plums. He is primarily known for his westerns and screen writing.

The book is six and a half hours long. Erick Singer does a good job narrating the book. Singer is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

The Iron Marshall by Louis L'Amour

I have read many books by Louis L'Amour but this was quite different. It starts off in Ireland than New York and finally the western frontier. It is full of interesting characters and I greatly enjoyed it. Erik Singer, the narrator was wonderful. I loved his Irish & Western accents.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

I'm a L'Amour fan ...

I love listening to L'Amour books! Erik Singer did an amazingly nag job of narrating, transitioning seamlessly from Irish accent to western drawl to high-class refined lady to New Yorker. I look forward to the next on Earth!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

good book.

good story line. great narrator. not to many slow spots in the story. definitetly recommend.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Solid book

First book I’ve bought on Audible and first I’ve listened to from L’Amour. I was entertained throughout and will buy more from author.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great

loved it! ,listened to on a twenty four hour road trip. passed tome nicely well done

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

The derby says it all!

The cover art for this book started me off in the right frame of mind. Who could ignore a man with a derby setting at a jaunty angle and a devil may care set of the shoulders neatly accented by a silver star? Eagerly waiting to get to the next chapter, I was surprised it was in first person complete with an accent! Narrator Singer did a better than excellent job with the Iron Marshal and combined with one of L'Amour's best works, the book was a listen in one time! The action, the humor, the hints of romance all made a great listen! Being in first person I got to follow his theories, his intuitive roles, his deductive reasonings to
conclusions that were bang on! luckily I did understand all of the sheriff's speech in spite of my ability to not understand any language with a strong accent. Yes even some southern belles elude my interpretive skills. But back to our original theme: The Iron Marshall is in the top five of Author L'Amours books! It was enthralling with the opening paragraph and allowed no deviation until the end. If you feel you're not a Western reader/listener, you must spend a credit on The Iron Marshal and discover that not all westerns follow pulp fiction or penny dreadful formats! This is the original barn burner!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Best Reader

Best reader I've heard for Louis Lamour. Story is classic Lamour. Can't beat it!
Must read!!!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

LL does it again!

Start to finish had me hooked. Has a solid upbeat pace; no overly descriptive slow spots. Very well read. Highly recommend.