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
Two sets of sisters in New England in 1830 begin their adult lives. They go from Litchfield to Hartford, from the Brattleboro Water Cure where "women were douched, splashed, showered, soaked,... More > sweated, and encouraged to remain nude," to a seminary in Andover; with a sister from one set setting up a school for orphans to a sister in the other set - Harriet Beecher Stowe - becoming "the little lady who wrote the book that started this war."< Less
A powerful adventure novel set in late 1600s on the American frontier. Carole Browne brought her three children by canoe to a cabin home in the wilderness off the Susquehanna River.A raiding party of... More > Iroquois swept through the cabin and brained her youngest daughter and took her and her oldest daughter as prisoners into the woods headed back upriver to a Seneca town. Talcott Taylor, a solitary hunter, ambushed the raiding party and freed Carole, but one of the Iroquois got a canoe, seized her daughter, Rachel, and was gone. Talcott promised Carole he would go deep into Iroquois country and bring Rachel home.< Less
A western thriller. Reuben Cameron came down out of the mountains and rode into Independence, Missouri just to look around. There were twenty-five wagons of emigrants waiting to head out on the... More > Oregon Trail. And out near the South Pass Karl Crabtree, a mean, miserable man had eighty-five riders he was using to rob wagon trains as they came through. The emigrants needed a trail guide. Reuben Cameron was that man. They faced cholera. They had to get past Fort Kearney and Fort Laramie. And Karl Crabtree before they could reach the Willamette Valley.< Less
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
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
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
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
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
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