Sunday, 31 October 2010

Black Horse Westerns - October 2010

Pack Rat by Colin Bainbridge

When Wesley Roach scalps and kills old-timer Pack Rat Dan, Jack Carson vows revenge. But to vindicate his friend he must face not only Roach but his gang of hardcase gunslicks, the local marshal and, worst of all, the notorious Canyon Kate. Riding for a rival outfit and teamed with the oddball Tombstone, it isn't until Carson is forced on the run that he comes to realise just what he is up against - especially when his boss' daughter Laura disappears. Will Carson come face to face with his target? And how much lead must fly before he does?

Coltaine's Revenge by Scott Connor

After six months of searching, Lewis Coltaine tracked down Emerson Greeley, the man who had murdered his wife. Lewis was hell-bent on vengeance but before Emerson died, he taunted Lewis with the promise that even after his death he'd find no peace. Lewis dismissed the taunt, but when he returned to his family home, Emerson's chilling threat had already come to pass. Lewis' eldest brother had been murdered. Lewis' surviving brothers now vow to find the man responsible for destroying their family, but the clues point to the murder being connected to a dark, long-buried family secret. With the revelations he uncovers threatening to tear the family apart, can Lewis Coltaine finally deliver his revenge?

Echoes of a Dead Man by Terry James

When gambler and gunman Matt Lomew arrives in Garner to recuperate from a near-fatal shooting, he isn't looking for trouble. But when his childhood friend Jessie Manners is kidnapped, Matt is forced into an uneasy alliance with the brother of a man he once killed. He knows that such a partnership can only spell trouble but he has nowhere else to turn. As Matt races to Jessie's rescue, he knows a showdown is inevitable, but he is soon to find out that he is not the only one being haunted by the echoes of a dead man...

The Fighting Cowboy by Gordon Landsborough

Steve Blondel was winning a reputation as 'El Cougar, the fighting cowboy' but his career was interrupted when he learned of the disappearance of his brother, a Pinkerton Detective who had vanished on his way to see a fight. When it becomes apparent that he has been murdered by a gang of vicious train-robbers, Steve vows vengeance. He sets out alone to the outlaw haven in the Tahoe mountains but he is about to get more than he bargained for when he meets Carmen, the beautiful sister of the notorious Morton brothers...

Caleb Blood by P. McCormac

Caleb Blood was a man who had seen too much blood-letting. He tried to hide inside a whiskey bottle but his demons, past and present, would not let him alone. All the things he should have cherished were being stripped from his life and he had no option but to take up arms again. Once the guns were unlimbered, the death toll mounted and he faced so many enemies that it seemed he had no chance of survival. When, he wondered, would the killing end?

Twin Rivers by John Nesbitt

When Clay Westbrook, a cowhand on a Wyoming ranch in the 1890s, sticks up for a Mexican sheepherder, he runs into serious trouble. But Clay maintains his friendship with the Mexicans, much to the dislike of the bullying rancher Sutton and his gang of thugs. He even develops an ill-advised romantic interest in Tony's niece, Guadalupe. Before long, Clay finds himself without a job and is harassed by Sutton and his men, who burn down his homesteader's shack and sabotage his outfitting camp. Clay then discovers that Sutton has designs on his homestead and plans to cut a ditch project across the land. It is up to Clay to thwart Sutton...but can he do so in time?

The Black Mountain Dutchman by Steve Ritchie

When Maggie Buckner is captured by a gang of outlaws, an unlikely old man known as 'The Dutchman' is the only one who can set her free. Outnumbered eight to one, the Dutchman perches on a bench near Savage Peak, watching the fugitives as they ride out onto the open prairie. He adjusts the sights on his Remington No. 1 Rifle and waits as the first rider comes into range. When he stops shooting, three of the captors lay dead. After striking the first deadly blows, the Dutchman trails the group across South Pass through the unpredictable Wyoming springtime weather, like the fourth horseman of the apocalypse...and surely Hell follows with him.

The Bone Picker by Derek Rutherford

When Sam 'Buzzard' Jones stumbles across a dying cowboy, he has no idea that the man's final words will lead him into a world of terror, betrayal and torture. From that moment, Sam is set on a quest that will not only change his own life but also have repercussions for an entire nation. Set in the cauldron that was Bleeding Kansas, "The Bone Picker" follows Buzzard Jones in his fight for truth, justice, and freedom - as he tries to save his own skin from those who want him dead. With just a small band of allies - an undertaker, a school teacher, and a newspaper man - Buzzard battles an unknown organisation, never sure who is a friend and who is a foe...and never knowing where the next bullet is coming from.

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