A literary novel, it is a murder mystery where the narrator considers why cowhands are tall in the saddle (even though tall men are out of place on the range) and ponders why Descartes' theory of the concurrence of mind and body is particularly relevant in any consideration of the Western cowhand … among other things.
(your hook starts here despite the deleight of dualism on a palomino)
Ten years after gunfighter Jed Matthews broke jail and escaped hanging for a murder he didn't commit, Jed returns to Independence to determine who should live – and who must die.
For 72 hours, three generations of Western men molded by a violent frontier they collectively won or by a civilizing (wtf??) West examine the secrets they kept about the murder and confront those who have betrayed them and face those whom they have betrayed. .
The sheriff who imprisoned Jed (and who raised Jed after Jed's parent's deaths) tries to convince Stacy, a greenhorn kid Jed saved rom death ten years ago, he can not stop Jed's hanging. But once Stacy realizes Jed saving his life had caused Jed's death sentence,
Stacy risks his life to save Jed, endangering them all. (and stops here)
Throughout the story, the narrator polishes the legend of Jed Matthews while Jed questions the real reason for his return and seems to contradict the narrator's story until myth and reality finally become one around a desolate desert grave where Jed Matthews and the secrets
of the town of Independence are at last laid to rest.
Too much going on here.
Regardless of your narrative structure, focus on Jed. He's back, and now there's hell to pay. Does hell take Amex?