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
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
Claire Kinney traveled from the Tidewater in Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley to begin work as a teacher in a small school June 1861.
Claire was a woman determined about everything. The first... More > winter she was stalked by Samuel Hotchkiss, a dangerous man bent on taking her by force. The second summer Ficklin Sheets boarded up the school and held the children inside with a gun. She overcame both the winter and the summer.
Edward Selcer was the man who fixed everything and Claire had her eye on him but he was a drinking man. She decided to turn him in a different direction.
Then Union troops marched into Virginia. Selcer got conscripted for Lee's march to Gettysburg. He was badly wounded there and left behind when Lee came back the Fairfield Road.
Claire was told he was missing, which meant gone. She simply closed the school and said, “I’m going to Gettysburg to bring Edward Selcer back.” She said, “We’ll open the school two weeks from tomorrow.”< Less
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