I read Wyoming Wind, by Jon Chandler, entirely because of the title. I experienced the wind of Wyoming first-hand last May on a bicycle trip, and learned after the trip that Wyoming was notorious for its wind. Thus, I could not resist a book with that title. It was a short Western about a historical figure named Tom Horn. He was, essentially, a hired assassin for the Wyoming cattle ranchers in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was arrested for shooting a 12-year-old boy, but some mystery surrounds the exact circumstances (both historically and in the novel). The book focused on the events after the arrest, with flashbacks to Tom’s earlier life. I didn’t find it all that engaging; I only finished it because it was quite short. It did become more gripping towards the end, but overall I can’t say that I enjoyed it all that much. However, there was one aspect that redeemed it a bit in my mind: Chandler addressed the psychological effects that murdering had on Tom, describing in some detail how Tom felt haunted by the ghosts of the people he had murdered. I appreciate that the author included this sensitivity, and did not just glorify Tom’s life as an assassin.
If you enjoy Westerns, you might like this book more than I did. Otherwise, I don’t especially recommend it.