Thursday, 31 December 2009
Black Horse Westerns - December
Gun Law by Lee Walker
As a boy of fourteen, Jake Chalmers saw his parents callously murdered by two drunken cowboys in the street. Now a young man, he is determined to protect himself, even if he has to use his gun to do so. On the run after killing in self-defence, Jake arrives in Sweetwater, a boomtown growing rich on cattle drives. His plans to keep a low profile soon go awry as he finds himself in the middle of a feud between the ruthless business man, Jordan Carter, and an elderly sheriff, Luke Gardner. Finally, Luke is murdered by one of Carter's henchmen and Jake must choose between the law of the land and the law of the gun.
The Kansas Fast Gun by Arthur Kent
Dave Frome was a man with a secret past, which only a few friends knew. Holding himself responsible for the death of his family, he had vowed never to carry a gun again. He wanted to be left alone to raise cattle on his Broken Arrow spread, but mining interests were in the hills, contaminating the water which brought life to Frome's cattle. Hesta Le Roy, daughter of a neighbouring rancher, was horrified when Frome refused to carry a gun against the miners who had, she thought, killed her own brother. It is not until he sees an innocent man brutally lynched that Frome buckles on his gun to battle with the bad men of both factions and eventually win the hand of the girl he loves.
Dalton's Mission by Ed Law
When Dalton and Loren Steele happen across an ambushed gold shipment, they are too late to help. Everyone dies, attackers and defenders alike. Being honest men they try to return the gold to Perry Haynes of the Durando Mining Company, its rightful owner, but unbeknown to them Perry has been overthrown. With corruption and the law of the gun now ruling in Durando they are slammed into jail on the dubious charge of having stolen the very gold they had rescued! The two men befriend Perry but to help him reclaim his mine, they'll have to strap on their six-shooters and tame the hell-hole that is Durando.
Shoot, Run or Die! by Jake Douglas
They called him 'Catamount' Cody because he had once fought a cougar to a standstill - bare-handed. No man to mess with. But Curtin and Willis tried, robbed him of his cache of furs, left his partner parboiled, the cabin a pile of ash. There was no place for the killers to hide this side of hell. But Cody was ready to follow them to hell - and back, and almost did, earning a reputation that made a whole town want him for their sheriff. But Deputy Blake Ross figured the job was his. He made more trouble for Cody than he had ever seen - enough to plant him on Boot Hill with men he had hunted and killed.
Six for Laramie by Rick Dalmas
Six of them came to Laramie that early summer: six gunfighters all hungry for money and not too fussy about how they earned it. They all had their reasons - greed was not a factor in every case. Bannerman, toughest and fastest, had a special reason: one of the six had backshot a friend, and there was no charge for what he intended to do to that man. Even if it disrupted the plans for the main job for which he had been hired. And that would put him on the wrong end of the gun. Five guns.
The Branded Man by J.D. Ryder
Cordy Lowell lost more than his youth and his horse when they branded him, but the red-hot branding iron did more than just scar his chest, it forged a strong thirst for revenge. Taking sides in a range war, Cordy found himself fighting on the side of a wheelchair bound ranch owner against Bosewell, a greedy man who wasn't satisfied with owning most of the basin, getting rich from his cattle and horse breeding operation. It wasn't long before the fight became personal and Cordy had a chance to find retribution. If he lived long enough.
Long Ride to Yuma by Will Keen
When Clyde Manson, Hoss Kemp and the Mexican, Guerrero, ride from the Mexican border to Sasabe, Arizona, there is much more on Manson's mind than a straightforward bank robbery. Manson is a high-flyer from New York. Why is he involved with outlaws? Why does such a man so desperately need money? Why is he determined to reach Yuma? The bank robbery is successful, but Deputy Marshal Will Hawker is shot dead. Suddenly the outlaws have a posse led by Marshal Slade Hawker hot on their heels as they take flight across the arid Arizona deserts. With the figure of Deputy US Marshal Wyatt Earp proving a sinister presence there is a final, bloody showdown.