Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Black Horse Westerns - March 2010
The Devil's Gold by M. Duggan
Dennis Rumble wasn't a good man but he wasn't entirely bad. He had principles, after all. He wasn't anything like the notorious band of outlaws calling themselves the Coyotes, into whose territory he was obliged to travel. He was a man with a mission, determined to rescue a beautiful woman snatched from the stage by the outlaws. As Rumble was soon to learn, though, things are not always as they seem. Twists and turns lay ahead of him and many men, some more deserving than others, were destined to lose their lives over what Rumble called 'The Devil's Gold.'
The Second Coffeyville Bank Raid by Matt Laidlaw
When Jean Pierre Boudreaux leaves New Orleans with three companions he is wanted for a brutal murder he swears he did not commit. Six months later he plans a one-off bank robbery that will give him the money to start a new life. The bank is the Coffeyville First National - the scene of the Daltons' infamous robbery attempt. Boudreaux's raid secures him the money but his companions are captured. When his daring rescue attempt fails, Boudreaux finds himself hunted by two Pinkerton operatives. He then discovers that the enigmatic Don Rames, now mysteriously free, is planning a double-cross. With blonde Alice LaClaire at his side, Boudreaux battles on through fire and gun-smoke, but it is not until the final bloody climax that he finds out if he is to remain a wanted killer or become a free man.
Brazos Fugitive by Tyler Hatch
Andy and Cletus, two young men wounded late in the Civil War, flee the battlefield and head for home...but things have changed. Yankee carpetbaggers have taken over. When Andy discovers that his family has been evicted from their ranch he turns to what he learned in the war: how to kill. This time, however, the enemies are Yankee politicians who came south to loot and plunder. With 'Wanted' posters circulating, the two friends join a cattle drive going to Texas. One of the boys discovers how to make his mark by being quick with his Colt, whilst the other insists that the war hasn't changed him. In the end, though, the brutal past catches up with both men.
A Man named Shonto by Ryan Bodie
They were already hanging Marshal Holder when Shonto rode into town. It was one hell of a welcome for a loner with a gun but Shonto sensed that things were going to get even worse. He was right. The marshal's body was still swinging from his own jailhouse flagpole when the town became a bloody battleground. At that point, Shonto had just two choices: shoot to kill or join the lawman in hell.
Kincaid and the Barton Gang by Alan Irwin
Dan Kincaid was a deputy sheriff in Colorado, but when his teenage sister was brutally murdered by outlaw Matt Barton, he quit his job and went after the killer. His search took him to the Texas Panhandle Diamond B ranch owned by Matt's father, Isaac Barton, who ran the ranch with his second son Ron. The Diamond B Ranch was a front, and from it, once a year, Matt Barton led a band of men to steal cattle passing along the Western Cattle Trail. Dan foiled the next operation. The three Bartons were caught and sentenced to hang, but the story had only just begun. Can Dan, now married with a young child, thwart the evil lust for revenge that now threatens him?
Rough Justice by Jackson Davis
When four officers of the law are slaughtered in a bloody battle with two hillbilly rustlers, US Marshal Heck Thomas and his new deputy, Zeke, head for Indian Territory on their trail. At Fort Smith, Judge Parker is executing criminals, six at a time, and Heck decides that it is time to impose some rough justice of his own. Why, he wonders, does the notorious Belle Starr, with her clan of gun-crazy Cherokees, always escape the noose? Why does the Hanging Judge ride out to a lonesome cabin in the woods and what secret does he hide? Can the Marshal lure Belle and her boys into a trap? Carbines blaze and the body count spirals as Heck and Zeke put their lives on the line to find out.
Arkansas Smith by Jack Martin
Arkansas Smith: the name was legend. Once he had been a Texas Ranger, but now he was something else entirely. Some said he was an outlaw, a killer of men and a fast draw. Others claimed he was a kind of special lawman, dispensing frontier justice across the West and bringing law to the lawless. Arkansas Smith arrives in Red Rock looking for those who shot and left his friend for dead. He vows to leave no stone unturned in his quest to bring the gunmen to justice and, soon, those who go against him must face the legendary fast draw that helped tame the West.
Two Gun Marshal by John Saunders
Packing two guns, Jeff Bellamy came to Red Rock to help his father's best friend. He found Dorlen beyond help and a town dying because its freight lines were being ruined. It shouldn't have mattered to Bellamy. But in spite of his toughness he disliked seeing small-timers being pushed around. Besides he was not satisfied about the way Dorlen had died. So Bellamy stayed and when the crooked marshal dropped to a well-aimed bullet, took over his job. But Red Rock came near to dying completely before its new marshal got to grips with the instigator of all the trouble.