- Writer's Voice - 20140321 - Robert Lautner

Road to Reckoning"The Lord made men, but Sam Colt mad them equal."  This week on Writers' Voices we go back in time, to 1837, when the idea of a revolver that could shoot 6 times without reloading was novel - and the basis for this taut, suspenseful young adult novel set in the wilds of Pennsylvania during a depression. 

Robert Lautner, who lives in a wooden cabin in Wales, had a childhood fascination with guns and loved the legend of Colt creating a wooden revolver in order to get a patent for his invention. The seed for  "Road to Reckoning" was "What type of man could walk into a room filled with armed murderers with only a wooden gun?"

"Road to Reckoning" is a most unusual combination of fast-moving action, compelling characters, rich historical detail, and literary language. It was a February Book Club selection by BBC Radio 2 and has garnered much attention - understandably so!  Join us this week for a look at this fascinating era in American history.