Still trapped at home, and you’ve binge-watched the Neflix catalog bare? Looking for something to read? I humbly offer the following.
Timothy J. Mullin is an attorney in St. Louis, a lifelong shooter, and a bona fide gun expert. His books on classic old handguns by Colt and Smith & Wesson reach a gold standard. He’s an oracle of the history of guns and gunfighting in America.
Going by the motto “the best fiction is non-fiction,” his 2019 novel “Gunmen” weaves a tale of an American family whose men find themselves in harm’s way with guns in their hands over a period of decades. Tim cleverly works the classic guns of different times, and the methods of their use, with the rules and policies of law enforcement agencies of the relevant periods and patterns of criminal behavior and criminal justice attitudes of the times.
The final product shows a picture of things as they were. You’ll find some things that perhaps didn’t happen, but could have … and some things that probably did happen, with “the names changed to protect the, uh, innocent.”
Overall, a fascinating read. You’ll be reminded of a Leslie Poles Hartley quote popularized among gun people by the late Col. Jeff Cooper: “The past is another country. They do things differently there.”
You can order “Gunmen” for $22 plus $5.00 postage and handling from T. J. Mullin himself at 201 South Central Avenue, #103, Clayton, MO 63105. You might also like his collection of short fiction in a similar vein, “Gun Stories,” same price and same source.