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Preach to the Cats By William Shambaugh
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John Bible was shot on Charles Street in downtown Baltimore. He had just given a sealed envelope to Frank Browne who was in practice for himself. Bible wanted the envelope taken to his sister, Nora,... More > a vascular surgeon at Johns Hopkins, if something happened to him. Something happened to him. Nora Bible was a good surgeon. She was a decent, easy going person. When she and Frank opened the envelope and found out that her brother had been killed by Colonel Javier Rivera from Guatemala. Frank told Nora, “This is something to stay out of.” Everyone told her to bury her brother and let this go. They were certain she would. She had never rocked any boats before. She did this time. She went to the State Department, and used Rivera’s name openly. It got back to Rivera. Oscar Birdsong, who knew how things worked, told Frank Browne, “No one can keep her alive now. They were standing in the empty parking lot beside the Raven’s Stadium. Oscar told Frank, ”But you and I are going to try.”< Less
The Rear Guard By William Shambaugh
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A beautiful woman is found dead in her bed. The only person in the room was the minister of the city's largest church. He didn't shoot her, but everyone in town thinks he did. Sam Hart can't help... More > anyone, but this story uncovers his unique detective style. And a surprise ending for this novel< Less
Preach To The Cats By William Shambaugh
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A murder mystery with powerful characters in the mid 90s. John Bible was shot on Charles Street in downtown Baltimore. He had just dropped off a clasp envelope with some pictures and names in it with... More > an attorney whose office he had walked into by mistake. He wanted the envelope taken to his sister, if something happened to him. Frank Browne was an attorney in practice for himself, who didn't make enough to use the long form for his taxes. He didn't want to deliver the envelope to anyone after seeing John Bible on the sidewalk outside his building. But he felt he had no choice. Nora Bible was a proficient surgeon. When she found out that it was Colonel Javier Rivera who had her brother shot, that he was with the Special Forces in Guatemala, that it was his habit when someone hurt his feelings, he would shoot them, everyone told Nora to bury her brother and let all this go. They were certain she would. She did not.< Less
Try Me Again By William Shambaugh
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A contemporary novel of solving a crime while finding lost love. Jon Sears, a cocaine cowboy from Miami, shot Nappy Johnson on Nappy’s front step in Harrisburg as a favor to his uncle. Cleo... More > March was only twenty feet away, a perfect witness. When Sears was quickly released through money contacts, he started sending hard men to remove the only witness that could get him convicted. Cleo March believed that the only one that could save her was Ray Fargo. But she hadn’t seen him in eighteen years since he left her abruptly two days before they got married. He was back in town but staying away from her. Cleo had saved Myrtle when she was ten from being abused in the system as an orphan. That was seven years ago and when the first two men Sears sent to Harrisburg ended up dead, one flat on his back in the parking lot with an arrow tipped with curare in his chest, it was clear that Myrtle was now returning the favor to Cleo. The second thing Myrtle did was go tell Ray Fargo, “Get on board.”< Less
Be A Good One By William Shambaugh
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This is a sweeping story of two sets of sisters who begin their adult lives in 1845 and are swept into the Civil War. Both are part of a clergy family but neither one is sheltered from life. ... More > Harriet married Calvin Stowe and wrote “Little Tom’s Cabin.” Harriet’s older sister had said, “Oh, Hattie, do something!” And Harriet Beecher Stowe told her children at the supper table, “I’m going to do it!” Delia Parker married James Gilman and he pulled runaway slaves by the twos and threes away from slave-catchers. Raymond Lamont told Gilman, “You can hit this fist with a two-by-four and the two-by-four will break. I’m looking for a white coon.” Gilman told him, “You need to get in another business.” When Meade defeated Lee at Gettysburg and set after him, he said, “I cannot delay to pick up the debris of the battlefield.” He left Delia’s baby brother laying dead on the ground. Her older sister, Abigal said, “Let’s go bring him home.” And they do.< Less
Reuben Cameron By William Shambaugh
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Reuben Cameron came down out of the mountains and rode into Independence, Missouri, just to look around. In front of him in Elm Grove was twenty-five wagons of emigrants waiting to head out on the... More > Oregon Trail. There were farmers, shoe salesmen, store clerks, carpenters, and not one of them with any idea of what they were going to go through. They were running late and would have trouble beating the snow around the South Pass. And near there Karl Crabtree, a mean, miserable man with eight-five riders, was robbing the wagon trains as they came through.They needed a trail guide. Joyce Graham, sitting on a wagon as Reuben rode through the grove, wearing a striking blue dress, asked Reuben if he knew how to get to Oregon. He said, “I know how to get to Oregon but I’m not going.” The next day he was. Reuben sent word to his brother, Morgan, to meet him at Fort Kearney. Reuben could get the emigrants over the Rockies. Only Morgan Cameron could get them past Karl Crabtree.< Less
The Rear Guard By William Shambaugh
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The City Superintendent of Schools, Louise Hambrick-Hall, was found dead nude in her bed. The only person in the room was the minister of the city’s largest church. He didn’t kill her but... More > everyone else in town thought he did. Alan Givens believed his only hope was Sam Hart who had just driven into town to begin work in a decaying church jammed in beside a hardware store. But Hart couldn’t help anyone. His wife and daughter had been killed five years earlier and he had let himself go. He had stopped working. He was coming back but he wasn’t ready to help anyone. Alan Givens wanted Sam to save him from going to prison. Stella Hunter wanted Sam to stop Skip Lowtower from beating his ten year old son. Rod Stock, the city prosecutor, who didn’t like Givens, didn’t think Sam would be any problem. Clyde Brown, a black, and Laura Palmas, a P.R., were working the homicide, and they didn’t think Sam would make any difference at all. Everyone was in for a surprise.< Less
Cameron By William Shambaugh
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Frank Cameron had let himself go after his wife died. Fences weren’t fixed, stalls needed work on them, half the time he didn’t bother to shave or put on a clean shirt. But he still... More > straddled good water and Jim Dahlman came after it. He brought thirty riders and pulled down the fences, burned down the house, and left Cameron shot in the leg on the ground. Henry Butler, his hired hand, older than Frank, got him into a dugout where Dahlman couldn’t find him. A half-breed woman, part Kiowa, lived there with a young girl who had lost her family. Henry told her, “Keep him safe.” Henry told Cameron, “I’m going to go get your boys.” Tom Cameron was the foreman for the largest ranch in Texas. Reuben Cameron lived in the mountains and came down now and then only to lead a wagon train to Oregon. Morgan Cameron was a gambler with a knack with a gun. Henry found all three and they came back home from different directions, one at a time. And Jim Dahlman was done.< Less
Morgan Cameron By William Shambaugh
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Vern Tuesday was determined to have someone shoot Morgan Cameron. When Morgan came through Deadwood taking Kate Miller back to his home ranch, Vern got a woman to shoot Morgan and three men to... More > roll him into a deep mine shaft and thought that was done. But it wasn’t. Miriam Highpockets got him out of the hole. When Morgan showed up in Abilene, Vern sent Milt Polley out in the middle of the street, with his two guns. He told Milt, “Shoot Morgan.” But Milt got shot instead. Vern then got Les Rader to come up out of Texas. Rader was a homicidal killer. Vern said this time, “Shoot him and the woman.” Morgan shot Les Rader before he finished his supper. Vern stopped fooling. He sent for eight Regulators from Montana, got them to climb down from a train in Muskogee, all of them armed with deadly Sharps, and they formed a line across one of the rolling hills in Oklahoma as Morgan approached. Vern thought that would do it. He still didn’t know Morgan Cameron.< Less
Talcott Taylor By William Shambaugh
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Carole Browne brought her three children by canoe to a cabin home off the Susquehanna River in the late 1600s. A raiding party of Iroquois warriors swept across the clearing, brained her youngest... More > daughter and took her and her oldest daughter back through the woods to head upriver to a Seneca town. Talcott Taylor, a solitary hunter, ambushed the raiding party at the river, got Carole free, but her daughter, Rachel, was gone. Talcott promised Carole he would go bring Rachel home. He joined a Dutch party headed from to Fort Orange. The party was headed by Jacob Steen, In the large canoe was Paul Joffre, a Jesuit priest and Brenda Monday, a woman determined to join a French general in Montreal. Jacob Steen counted on Talcott to get him back down the Hudson. Carole Browne counted on him to get her daughter back home. Brenda Monday counted on him to get her off the platform the Iroquois had bound her to with fires burning. He picked up his long rifle and believed he could get it all done.< Less